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Could getting acrylic nails help with nail biting and cuticle picking habits?

Could getting acrylic nails help with nail biting and cuticle picking habits?

It's possible.: Try it and see. Get a manicure and pretty polish. Notice how good nails look and see if it helps. ...Read more

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Habits (Definition)

A recurrent, often unconscious pattern of behavior that is acquired ...Read more


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Methods to stop lip biting habit?

Methods to stop lip biting habit?

Cognitive behaviorTx: If lip biting has been occurring over a relatively brief period of time, i would encourage the individual to become more conscious or aware and making a mental note, or instead by keeping a daily journal of all the details; if the behavior continues i would recommend a therapist who practices cbt. ...Read more

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How can you stop nail biting, cheek biting etc.?

How can you stop nail biting, cheek biting etc.?

Breaking habits:: 1. Awareness 2. Desire to break habit 3. Effort and patience 4. Practice 5. Practice 6. Practice 7. Practice 8. Practice 9. Practice 10. Congratulations! here's an interesting article on habits and how to break them: http://www.Askmen.Com/entertainment/better_look_3800/3860_how-to-break-habits.Html. ...Read more

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How can you stop nail biting habits?

How can you stop nail biting habits?

Pain them: Paint them with polish. Can you use clear polish if you don't want the color. It tastes bad and you wont want to bite anymore! good luck! ...Read more

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How to stop biting nails?

How to stop biting nails?

Where Things Stand:: Treatment of choice = habit reversal training which involves a) awareness training; b) training in substituting behavior that competes w/ nail-biting; & c) social support. But hrt has not proven sufficient by itself. Treatment tends to be more successful/enduring when combined cognitive behavioral therapy, acceptance & commitment therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy &/or psychopharmacology. ...Read more

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Know if biting fingernails will chip my teeth?

Know if biting fingernails will chip my teeth?

Yes it can: Under normal circumstances, your teeth should be able to tolerate this without chipping. However, over time, the edges of the front teeth can get thinner from teeth grinding. These thinner edges are much weaker and are more susceptible to cracking or chipping from from biting fingernails, biting down on a fork, etc. ...Read more

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How can I stop biting my nails (and grow beautiful nails)?

Please check: HealthTap TipTaps for a list of ways to stop biting nails. ...Read more

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How to stop cheek biting asleep?

CHEEK BITING: The dentist will put a dental guard to keep you from grinding teeth while asleep so you can not bite your cheek. ...Read more

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Baby gum deformed from sucking thumb?

Baby gum deformed from sucking thumb?

Thumb sucking: It is normal and i would not worry unless it goes beyond two years. Children can change the shape of their palate with thumb sucking. Don't stress it and consult your pediatrician or pediatric dentist. ...Read more

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How can I break a tongue and lip biting habit?

How can I break a tongue and lip biting habit?

See your dentist: Have your dentist see you to check your bite. Maybe your bite may need adjusting so you won't bite your lip or tongue. Is this a habit you have? Is this something that started happening recently? ...Read more

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Help me stop biting my nails?

OK, STOP IT!: Generally it is a bad habit, but there may be help for you yet! try this web md web site for some good advice including remedies such as coating your nails with a bitter polish to decreasing stress through other means etc. Good luck to you. http://www.webmd.com/beauty/nails/stop-nail-biting-tips. ...Read more

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Can use of nail polish on nails cause nail polish-like smell of breath?

Can use of nail polish on nails cause nail polish-like smell of breath?

No, it does not: There are certain health conditions that are associated with unusual odors of breath. Those need to be examined by your doctor. If you are talking about your baby, please take him/her to the pediatrician to be examined. Things like chronic sinus infections, dental problems, certain metabolic problems, like diabetes and many others can give an unusual smell to the breath. ...Read more

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Will biting your nails cause gum disease and diabetes?

Will biting your nails cause gum disease and diabetes?

No: Gum ideas ie caused by bacteria present in the mouth together w/ poor home care, lack of good brushing and flossing, genetic predisposition, and local irritants, such as smoking. Diabetes is caused by a problem in your pancreas where you do not produce enough insulin. ...Read more

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Can nail polish be harmful? Turns my nails yellow.

Can nail polish be harmful? Turns my nails yellow.

No, just annoying: Yellow nails can be caused by several things, including some medical conditions. When it comes to nail polish, though, the yellowing is a result of your nails absorbing some of the pigment from the polish. Dark red pigments are most likely to stain your nails, so try a lighter red, or a different color altogether. ...Read more

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Can a lip biting habit lead to permanent lip scarring?

Can a lip biting habit lead to permanent lip scarring?

Can cause cysts: The most common problem that we see in lip biters is the formation of something called mucoceles. These are little mucus filled cysts that occur in lips and have to be removed surgically. ...Read more

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How can you stop nail biting habits?

Pain them: Paint them with polish. Can you use clear polish if you don't want the color. It tastes bad and you wont want to bite anymore! good luck! ...Read more

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How can I quite my lifelong nail biting habit?

What we did in the: Old days to cover the tip of the finger with better (omgea three) are avilable in the market ...Read more

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Does nail biting habit indicate some sort of a mental problem?

Not necessarily: Sometimes people get into the habit of nail biting and it becomes hard to break. Some people bite their nails to shorten them. Some people are stress nail biters & some bite compulsively to the point of self-harm. ...Read more

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I have a huge nail biting habit. I've tried to quit multiple times. Is there anything that can help me succeed?

I have a huge nail biting habit. I've tried to quit multiple times. Is there anything that can help me succeed?

Nail polish: At the pharmacy, there is a clear nail polish (called bite it. In us about $5) that tastes horrible so when it's on your nails, you will taste it and it will break you of this bad habit. Good luck. ...Read more

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How can I stop my nail biting habit?

Nail biting: Nail biting is usually a nervous habit that can be hard to stop. Some methods that have worked include application of otc nail lacquers that contain foul tasting or hot substances that make biting distasteful. Also occasional oral meds such as a ssri or other anti-anxiety meds may work. ...Read more

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What is the most effective way to get rid of a nail biting habit for an adult?

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What is the most effective way to get rid of a nail biting habit for an adult?

Onychophagia: Treating the underlying anxiety - or possibly bipolar disorder - can go a long way in helping. For those with generalized anxiety disorder, Buspirone can be very effective. If hypomania, mood stabilization may assist. Cognitive behavior therapies would emphasize alternative means of anxiety relief including relaxation protocols, distress tolerance strategies, and exposure. Rub a worry stone? ...Read more

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I need some tips on how to stop lip and nail biting habit?

Substitution: You could try replacing this happened with another. For instance you could buy a softball that you can squeeze and put in your pocket every time you have the urge to do your other habits. ...Read more

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How do I reduce nail biting habit? Does it lead to kidney stones?

Nail biting: Does not lead to kidney stones. Try keeping nails trimmed short; substitute a carrot or celery stick to chew on whenever u might bite nails. Otc preps deter biting due to bad/bitter taste. Consider pcp or therapist for evaluation for anxiety or obsessive-compulsive disorder which may underlie nail biting & can be treated w/ therapy &/or meds. ...Read more

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Why is biting your nails such a bad habit?

Not: RELAX. It is not a bad habit. No one knows why some people compulsively chew their nails. ...Read more

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How do I break my habit of biting my nails?

How do I break my habit of biting my nails?

Put something...: On them that tastes terrible, yet is harmless - lemon juice, castor oil, etc. ...Read more

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How to break the habit of biting your nails?

How to break the habit of biting your nails?

Different Options: There are a few ways you can stop biting your nails. One way is to pick one nail and not bite that one for awhile, once it's been about 2-3 weeks notice how good that nail looks. Then, pick another nail and don't bite it for awhile, continue this until you aren't biting your nails anymore. Another step is to keep yourself occupied, chew gum or do an activity that requires using your hands. ...Read more

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How do you break a child from a habit of biting nails?

How do you break a child from a habit of biting nails?

Fingernail biting: This is very difficult to accomplish until the child is old enough to care about their personal appearance as it is usually an unconscious behavior. The good news it rarely has any health consequences other than the very occasional infection of the cuticle area (paronychia) which is easily treated. ...Read more

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How do I stop my habit of biting and cutting my nails so deep?

How do I stop my habit of biting and cutting my nails so deep?

Psychotherapy: Assuming the biting and cutting have been occuring for a few weeks or more, i would suggest the individual meet with a mental health professional, preferably one well versed in cognitive behavior therapy. ...Read more

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I have a habit of biting nails when iam very nervous and anxious. What can i do?

I have a habit of biting nails when iam very nervous and anxious. What can i do?

BITING NAILS: THIS IS NOT AN UNCOMMON PROBLEM. YOU ARE NOT ALONE. THERE IS NO ONE ANSWER. STRESS AND ANXIETY ARE OFTEN CAUSES. SEE YOUR PCP OR CHECK IT WITH YOUR GYNECOLOGIST. VERY BEST LUCK ON THE NEW BABY AND WITH YOUR NAILS . . . ...Read more

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I have a bad habit of biting my nails all the time. Is there a fast and easy way to stop?

Deterrent: Put something that tastes bad on your nails. Every time you try to bite your nails, you will experience a bad taste and you will begin to associate bad feelings towards nail biting. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how to lick the habit of me biting my own nails?

Become aware: Become aware of when and situations in which you're biting Visualize yourself with strong healthy nails Pick one nail to protect, let it grow Pick another and continue the process until you've successfully avoided biting all nails. If you ever have urge, focus on just 1 nail to bite Maintain healthy nails--healthy diet, manicure, pretty polish, cuticle oil ...Read more

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Can you tell me how I could lick the habit of me biting my own nails?

Get help if needed: Become more aware of when you are biting nails, what you are doing, etc. Do something else-drumming fingers, twiddling, playing with a penny Keep your mouth busy-gum, mints, water bottle Apply something to discourage biting--Bitrex, hot sauce (frequently) Get a manicure, wear pretty polish If you've tried everything, it may also be time to see a professional. ...Read more

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How can I break the habit of nail-biting?

How can I break the habit of nail-biting?

Notice it: Often if you can notice that it is happening, you can stop these kinds of habits. However, some will paint their nails with jalapeno juice or some other vile taste to help remind you not to. The other thing you try is to carry nail clippers or files with you, as often it is the desire to clear a hangnail that starts it. ...Read more