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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 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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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 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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Why is my lip biting habit so bad? I need some advice.

Why is my lip biting habit so bad? I need some advice.

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

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Is lip biting is a form of self injurious behaviour?

Is lip biting is a form of self injurious behaviour?

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

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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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What can I do to break my lip biting habit?

What can I do to break my 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. Is this a habit you have? Is this something that started happening recently? See a therapist to work on some distraction techniques for the lip biting. ...Read more

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