A 46-year-old member asked:
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i'm addicted to picking at my gums. how do i break this habit?

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Dr. Stephen Gordon
42 years experience Dentistry
Difficult....: Habits, by their very nature are often hard to break. Many times one has to break a bad habit by replacing it with a good habit. Picking at you gums with an unclean finger can lead to many problems. Wearing a soft mouth guard over your teeth and gums may help you break the bad habit by physically blocking you from touching the gums. Consider perioprotect to improve your gums.
Answered on Oct 25, 2018
Dr. Felicia Mata
24 years experience Cosmetic Dentistry
Bacteria: Just remember that there are around 400 million bacteria in the mouth and picking your gums may cause trauma allowing them to invade the opened tissue, not counting what can be inside the finger nails. I hope that habit ended just right now. To your health!
Answered on Oct 24, 2017

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