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Causes Of Lip Biting
BFRBs & Anxiety: Lip biting is a body-focused repetitive behavior (bfrb) - like hair pulling & nail biting. Bfrbs can arise in response to (a) emotions (anxiety, fear, boredom, excitement); &/or (b) sensing rough areas skin (like cracked skin on lips). Bfrbs can feel pleasurable & can serve 2 relieve tension. Effective behavioral treatments available. A clinical psychologist who specializes in bfrbs can help. ...Read more
Mouth (mouth) " n. Pl. Mouths 1. A. The body opening through which an animal takes in food. B. The cavity lying at the upper end of the alimentary canal, bounded on the outside by the lips and inside by the oropharynx and containing in higher vertebrates the tongue, gums, and teeth. C. This cavity regarded as the source of sounds and speech. D. The opening to any cavity or canal ...Read more
Yes: Lip biting can cause mucoceles which are whitish blue fluid filled lesions. They are from damaged minor salivary glands and ducts in the lip. Sometimes you can get firm lesions which are called fibromas which are basically scar tissue. Mucoceles can enlarge, burst then return. The only way to get rid of them is to remove the damaged gland tissue and duct. ...Read more
What makes red spots: Could be an area of trauma, like biting, or an early form of oral cancer. Red spots are a particular concern. If its directly related to a spot you are always biting then its likely a chronic inflammation area and may stay red as long as reinjury occurs. To be safe, have it checked periodically by a physician or dentist. ...Read more
Can tmj+frequent lip/inside lip biting habit cause slight tingling in lips? No other symptoms, just mild lip tingling off and on.
I have a huge bump on my lip cause of biting myself while eating and I don't know what to do because it is so big that you can see it?
FRUSTRATING problem from biting your own lip. It swells therefore is a "larger TARGET" for another Bite!
TRY COOL COMPRESSES with BAKING SODA one hour before eating to reduce the swelling!
Hope this helps
Dr Z ...Read more
Usually not: Repeated severe lip biting can cause chronic stress and trauma to the lip. Sometimes these traumatic lesions can have precancerous properties. In other words you may get lip cancer after years of aggressively biting your lip but there's no reason why you should get oral cancer from lip biting. ...Read more
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
Know why.: To avoid it, you need to know the cause. Most lip biting is related to a [bad] habit or the way you bite (occlusion). The first one has the simplest (and sometimes the hardest) solution: stop doing it. The second involves balancing and aligning your bite to keep you teeth from pinching: the solution could be orthodontics, crowns, new dentures (if you use these), or other treatment. Ask your dds. ...Read more
Attend / Substitute: You have to notice when you are doing it. Ideally try to notice what the feelings or thoughts are that precede it. Usually to pay attention to something it helps to track it. A log on your cell phone or on a piece of paper. Time, thought, emotion. Then try to substitute something else - when you feel the urge perhaps say the word "relax" to yourself and imagine yourself someplace relaxing. ...Read more
A nervous habit? Stop! Or is a tooth out of allignment causing you to accidentally bite your lip? Maybe orthodontics would help.
If you already have a lump or bump of scarred, bitten-on tissue, it may get in the way and be traumatized further. Removing this excess tissue will help. Just be careful the same process doesn't just start all over again. ...Read more
Yes & yes...: Intra-oral biting can be strictly conscious, strictly compulsive or a combination. It could be classified as dermatophagia, or self-injury in varying degrees. It could also be accidental, inflicted internally or externally. In any case it results in an injury of some degree. ...Read more
Lip biting: Lip biting = chewing on lips (labium superius oris & labium inferius oris) ...Read more
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. Is this a habit you have? Is this something that started happening recently? ...Read more
See a psychiatrist.: Some people have compulsive or impulsive behaviors that result in self-injury. Sometimes there is an irresistible urge or tension that is relieved temporarily when one engages in these acts. You may have an underlying, untreated anxiety disorder. Naltrexone can help to lessen the rewarding effects of self-injury. See a psychiatrist. See a dentist for an exam & tx of the lesions in your mouth. ...Read more
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
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
Do things slowly: If you bite your lip when chewing, going more slowly and being more careful can help. If your mouth is truly moving involuntarily, see a neurologist for an examination and consultation. ...Read more
Biofeedback: Might be helpful. Also chili powder or other strongly flavored substance placed on finger tips can help remind you so that it increase your awareness and help break the habit. ...Read more
Tics ; habits:
You may want to apply bitter melon juice over his lips and don't rinse it off. He will be deterred from lip-biting and eventually will get over the habit.
Try positive and negative reinforcements with points for not biting his lips for every hour and points taken off for biting his lips every hour. ...Read more
I have been having a lip biting issue during the night and end up becoming very restless half way through the night. Help?
You are very ANXIOUS and the anxiety is intefering with your sleep. you need to discuss this at length with your Primary Care Provider who may prescribe an anti-anxiety medication for night use or refer you to a mental health professional or both.
Are you also depressed???
Have that talk...there is help available!
Hope this helps a bit!
Dr Z ...Read more
Difficult!: Nail biting is a very difficult habit to break. One thing you could do is have your child keep his hands covered with gloves to break the cycle of nail biting. Gently removing the childs fingers from their mouth each time you notice them biting is another method. In pharmacies, if you can find it, is nail biters liquid. This is a very bitter liquid painted on to the nails, and discourages biting. ...Read more