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A 16-year-old male asked:

Sir, my15year old has habit of bitting inner surface of mouth.does it cause small mouth infection...???

4 doctor answers9 doctors weighed in
Dr. Natalie Hodge
Pediatrics 28 years experience
Could: This is certainly possible, as any break in the skin is at risk for infection. I would not say it is typical, however. If there is any fever, or increased swelling in the area, pain to touch, then he should be examined and potentially prescribed antibiotics. I would ask about the underlying issues causing the biting? Is this a nervous habit? Does he feel relief after biting?
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Dr. Theodore Davantzis
Dentistry 42 years experience
It can...: If the teeth puncture the soft tissues, then bacteria from the mouth may be introduced into the mucosa, causing an infection.
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Dr. Barbara Lavi
Clinical Psychology 37 years experience
If this continues: it may be a symptom of anxiety or an obsessive habit. Consider speaking with a psychologist to help her stop this behavior.
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Dr. Julan Crane
Pediatrics 27 years experience
Mouth biting: Very unusual to get mouth infection unless from tooth infection . Try to distract him with chewing gum to try and stop chewing his inner mouth.
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Last updated Jan 5, 2019

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