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Doctor insights on: Lip Biting

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Is lip biting caused by anxiety?

Is lip biting caused by anxiety?

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

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What does lip biting mean?

What does lip biting mean?

Nervous habit: Nervous habit. Stop it when you catch yourself doing it. It takes 21 days to break a habit. ...Read more

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Overcoming Nail Biting (Checklist)

Trim & file your nails daily
Daily
Carry a file with you to deal with snags as soon as possible
Once
Get a weekly manicure
Weekly
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What helps lip biting when nervous?

What helps lip biting when nervous?

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

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What is the best treatment for a cold sore created from lip biting or trauma?

What is the best treatment for a cold sore created from lip biting or trauma?

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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What can I do for a serious lip biting problem?

Why/How?: 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

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What can I do to avoid lip biting?

What can I do to avoid lip biting?

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

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Can lip biting cause you to get oral cancer?

Can lip biting cause you to get  oral cancer?

No: The main causes of oral cancer are tobacco use, alcohol use, human papilloma virus and genetics. Chronic sun exposure is also a risk factor for lip cancer. ...Read more

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What does lip biting mean?

Nervous habit: Nervous habit. Stop it when you catch yourself doing it. It takes 21 days to break a habit. ...Read more

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