How to Stop Biting Your Nails

In Beauty by Emma Jones , on Thursday, December 29, 2011, 6:22 AM (PST)
how to stop biting your nails


Get Your Fingers Out of Your Mouth

Does the guy in your life gnaw away at his nails? Does he shred his cuticles till they bleed? has offered up a few clutch suggestions for kicking this unseemly habit -- and, yes, they'll work well for women, too.

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According to, your fingernails are filthy and biting them transfers the gunk into your mouth increasing your chances of getting sick, Nibling away also wears down your teeth, and contributes to skin and cuticle infections. So, how can you stop? Let's take a look at the steps.

1. Products
ModernMan's first treatment step is to apply products, preferably those icky tasting nail polishes or creams, that "give you an unpleasant reminder that you’re a very bad boy each time you go in for a chew."

2. Keeping your nails groomed
"Clipping your nails regularly and smoothing any jagged edges may be enough to keep you from 'fixing' your nails with your teeth at bay."

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3. Distraction
Idle hands can fuel a nail-biting habit, so give him some silly-putty to play with, a stress ball, gum to chew on, or put his idle hands to use in the bedroom.

4. Stress and anxiety
Stress, anxiety, frustration and fear are common nail-biting causes. ModernMan suggests pinpointing the cause of these factors, addressing them, or else drag your man to couples' yoga (you could even threaten this as a punishment).

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Comments (1)
Posted By Jennifer (2 years ago)
I used to be a chronic nail bitter for almost 15 years, and would bite on them until they bleed, and the only thing I can say is that for me the last thing listed in this article was probably the only thing that worked for me to get me to TRY to stop doing it. Now that I’m trying to make a cautious effort to stop, I realize that my nails are now growing unevenly, and once they reach a certain length certain nails on my fingers start to crack and break. Making them short all over again, so eventually I would basically have no other choice but to clip all of my nails and start growing them from scratch all over again. Then the cycle of them breaking me having to clip them happens. For me, this is the hardest habit for me to try to break. Even harder for me to break than smoking, and I smoked for almost 10 years. The reason why is because you can pretty much try to ignore the cigarettes by trying to not pay attention to them while you are at a certain store and not buy them. But your nails, on the other hand (no pun attended) are always there making the temptation to bite them extremely hard to resist, and doing the nail bitting is absolutely free. Unlike smoking, which costed me almost $1000 a year. Which is the biggest reason why I quit smoking because it started to get extremely expensive. While my nails are always there, and so is the temptation to bite them.
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