Many people struggle with quitting biting their fingernails. This bad habit is often stress-induced and detrimental to nail health. Use these tactics to stop biting your nails. 

Stop biting your fingernails and quit this bad habit with these proven tactics.
Stop biting your fingernails and quit this bad habit with these proven tactics.
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Way to Stop Biting Your Nails #1: Gum

Many people chew or bite their nail out of boredom. For others, it’s an oral fixation or feeling of constantly having something to munch on other than food. Whatever the case, keeping some gum handy can help you kick your bad habit of biting your nails.

Biting your nails has a terrible impact on your nail health. So, the sooner you can quit biting your nails, the better. Gum is a fairly easy fix to this, hard to quit a bad habit. If gum doesn’t do the trick, consider munching on vegetables whenever you get the urge to chew your fingernails.

Way to Stop Biting Your Nails #2: Research

For some, the only way to stop biting their nails for good is to know the real consequences of nail-biting. If this sounds like you, do some research on the negative consequences of biting your nails. What you find will surprise and make you think twice before continuing with this bad habit that affects nail health.

The consequences of nail-biting go beyond just weak fingernails, risk of infection, and damage to the skin around your fingernails. Your teeth, mouth, and jaw are all negatively affected by constant fingernail chewing. In addition, the nonstop finger-to-mouth contact can put you at a heightened risk of catching the flu or a cold.

Research the negative impact on nail health that biting your nails has to stop this bad habit.
Research the negative impact on nail health that biting your nails has to stop this bad habit.
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Stop your bad habit of biting your nails by being aware of all the reasons nail biting is bad for your health. Know that by working to break this habit, you’re doing something great for your nail health. This will help you stick to your goal of no longer chewing or biting your nails, even when you get the powerful urge to do so.

Way to Stop Biting Your Nails #3: Keep Them Short

For some nail biters, the temptation to chew on their nails begins when they notice how long their nails have gotten. From there, their nail-biting becomes a bad habit of control that can be difficult to break. If this is something you do, attempt to keep your nails trimmed and short.

This will probably mean clipping your nails several times a week to keep them unappealing and prevent yourself from biting your fingernails. Be careful not to clip your nails to short, as this can also have a negative impact on nail health. If you tire of clipping your nails, consider visiting a manicurist or salon to have them taken care of.

Way to Stop Biting Your Nails #4: Know Your Triggers

Know your triggers to stop biting your nails. Find a better habit to replace this bad habit with.
Know your triggers to stop biting your nails. Find a better habit to replace this bad habit with.
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Everyone has different triggers that cause them to begin mindlessly biting their nails. Finding out what these triggers are can help you develop a strategy to stop this bad habit and replace it with positive habits. If hunger is your trigger, have a variety of different healthy and crunchy snacks on hand.

For those who bite their nails out of boredom, consider picking up a new hobby or heading outdoors to get some exercise. Either of these options will keep you busy and entertained long enough to forget all about your urge to bite your nails. If your biting is triggered by stress, like so many other nail biters, tactic #5 will work wonders for you.

Way to Stop Biting Your Nails #5: Stress Ball

Everyone gets stressed. It’s all part of being a human. If you’re under a lot of stress and notice it’s an enormous factor in your bad habit of biting your nails, consider investing in a stress ball. A stress ball gives you something to actively hold and squeeze any time you feel stressed. Plus, it’s portable and can be taken anywhere you go throughout the day or night.

Some stressed people find it helpful to toss their stress ball in the air, bounce it on the ground, or a bare wall in their homes. Try these things to figures out how a stress ball can help you lessen your stress levels and get you to stop biting your nails. Over time, you will be a much less-stressed person, and your nail health will improve.

Way to Stop Biting Your Nails #6: Color

Many people find that when they keep their nails properly maintained and painted, they don’t have the irresistible urge to bite them. So, making an appointment at your local nail salon or spa is worth a try if you want to kick this bad habit. Plus, it gives you an excuse to pamper yourself and add some color to your look.

Keep your nails polished and painted to remove the temptation of biting your nails.
Keep your nails polished and painted to remove the temptation of biting your nails.
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The trick with this tactic, to stop biting your nails, is to keep them painted up all the time. Naturally, this could get expensive and require many visits to a manicurist. If this nail-biting tactic works for you, get some polish for at-home nail painting. This will help keep you from chewing your fingernails and ensure you maintain good nail health.


If you’re trying to stop biting your nails, give these nail-biting tactics a try. This bad habit can be hard to kick. So be patient and don’t stress too much about quitting cold turkey. It will take time to stop chewing your nails and improve your nail health.