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  1. #1
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    Default Nail biting

    I'm a nailbiter. I know it's childish and gross, but can't seem to quit.

    Any adults successfully quit this habit? Suggestions? I have tmj and when I was chewing gum I wasn't biting so much but the tmj was painful.

    Tried painting nails and I just end up peeling that off in a few minutes without thinking...

    Other ideas?



  2. #2
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    I really wanted to quit. I put a rubber band around my wrist and any time I found my fingers heading toward my mouth, I had to snap the rubber band (hard ) five times against my wrist. Took about two weeks, but I stopped twenty years ago.



  3. #3
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    Chronic biter here.

    Get acrylic tips.

    My dentist yelled at me since my 2 front teeth are bonded and thin, he said that nailbiting was sure to break them. (They broke TWICE).
    mykidshavefourlegs.blogspot.com



  4. #4
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    I quit last year. I said once I turned 21 and was a "real" adult, I had to stop. What worked for me was buying the polish that tastes terrible. It's by OPI, and I think it's called No-Bite. It's clear, but it tastes awful - between that and a determination to quit, I was able to stop.

    Good luck!
    Proud Closet Canterer!



  5. #5
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    I'm not an adult, but I have bitten my nails my entire life. One thing that really helped me was carrying a nail file around.. my nails are really weak, and when one would start to crack or peel, that's when I'd start biting it. With the nail file I could just file it down and it wouldn't bother me as much. Keeping my nails painted worked for me as well. imo, if you are really determined to quit, you can. Start to notice what triggers it.. another thing for me was sitting in class bored out of my mind. I'd start peeling my nails off out of boredom - but now that I'm not in school anymore it's not as huge of a problem. Good luck



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