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I Am Getting White Patches Inside My Mouth From Lip Biting
Don't bite: In all seriousness it could be related to the biting, but other things need to be considered. A dermatologist dentist or ENT physician might help clarify. ...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
I have dark brown spots on my lips both upper and lower lip due to excessive lip biting dry cracked lips & licking. How to get my pink lips back?
Peutz-Jeghers Synd?: Dark brown spots on the lips may be the first manifestation of peutz-jehgers syndrome. While the spots are benign, the dangerous association is with polyps in the gastrointestinal tract that can become cancerous. A family history may help sort out the diagnosis. Lip biting, chapped lips and licking will not cause these melanotic macules. See a dermatologist, and have a colonoscopy. ...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
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
Bitter lip balm: There are a variety of lip products on the market that are lubricating but bitter, reducing the urge to bite your lip. ...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.
Possibly: An action that causes exposure to the blood of the other person is a risk. ...Read more
A little of both...: Intra-oral biting can be strictly conscious, strictly compulsive or a combination. In any of these cases it could be construed as both dermatophagia and self-injury in varying degrees as technically dermatophagia is self-injury even though it is classified as form of (obsessive-compulsive) disorder. Don't confuse this with accidental intra-oral bites which may be self or externally inflicted. ...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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Bacitracin: If it is just a traumatic wound then the best treatment is keep it clean and well coated with Bacitracin ointment. If it is actually a "cold sore" then you probably need an anti-viral medication as well. ...Read more
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