hey i need help!!!i dont know why i bite the inside of my mouth. i do it all the time, and i dont know if its stress related,because ive done it since i was little, can someone plz tell me whats going on.....even if you do it too! <3 thanks <3
My husband used to do that. I think it was stress and compulsion. He thinks too much. I say "stop that" when I catch him. We've been together a LONG time, he doesn't do it anymore. It took years and A LOT of STOP THATS! Have a sibling that would sensily rock since being a child it took concerted effort and time to break the habit (and a real will to do it).
You might want to check the OCD threads. I think it could possibly be compulsive or habitual, I wouldn't really know since I'm not a professional but you might get some info none-the-less.
I've done this for years and years. Not to any great extent at all, but yeah...I find it a nice distraction when I'm stressed or uncomfortable...it's sort of a nice sort of mild pain...(not that I like pain. I'm not crazy. LOL)
I once knew someone who did it so much that she ended up with just a thin thread of mouth tissue left where the mouth/cheek should've been. Ew. So yeah. Beware of that. LOL. Otherwise, it's fine.
i was just looking around and i found this thread. i do this really bad to.
i started when i was little and i remember watching my Mom do it.
i will go for a day or 2 without doing it and then i'll be watching a movie or something and there i go again.
it is a really bad habit and think it is like biting your nails. there are only a couple of people that really get on me and thats my hubby and my Mom.
even when they tell me to stop i still do it, lol.
there are the bad times though when i do it really bad and it hurts so i go and rinse my mouth out with listerine and that makes it feel better.
i am a very stressed out person and take anti depressants so it may be due to stress.
Misiu, you can stop any habit if you put your mind to it. I have stopped smoking, biting my nails, biting the inside of my mouth, playing with my hair (to an extreme) and clenching my jaw, to name a few. Be conscious of what you are doing and when you catch yourself doing it - STOP. If you are very anxious you might want to work on that too.
I used to do this all the time as a child to the point where I always had huge sores inside my mouth. 14 years ago, after the birth of my first child, I just stopped cold turkey...don't know how or why, it just happened. However, about a year ago it started again....I did it a couple of times here and there but no big deal until a couple of months ago when it started to occur as often as it used to.....
Ah, I'm not alone! I used to do this as a nervous habit, and now I find myself doing it all the time. I know it's bad for you, but it really is hard to stop. I find that my sister also does the same thing, and we'll try to catch each other.
I think the best thing to do though is contact your dentist and have them take a look. They know what is and isn't good for your gums and your cheeks, so they'll know more than anyone.
I do this too. I have always done it since a small child and always had massive mouth ulcers. I dont do it so bad any more but still do it sometimes. I suffer from stress a lot and worry all the time about everything so i think that is the cause of it. the worst is when i chew my tongue and get huge ulcers. I do it without even realising I'm doing it. I do worry that it will cause mouth cancer or something (ha ha ha more worrying....)
Years ago I was struggling with how to stop chewing my lower lip. It was suggested to me by someone, I don't remember who, that I collect data by simply counting and writing down how many times I did it in a day. I kept losing the paper so I finally used a mechanical clicker like golfers use to count up their score.
Anyway, I did that, just counted it, and noticed a strange thing. The numbers went down over several days and finally I just quit. I didn't do anything else.
Later I talked to an Psychologist who told me that that is not always the result of what he called behavioral self-observation, but surprisingly often it is. He said that if it hadn't, the next step would have been to set up a self-reward program or to commit to doing something else for a minute every time it happened, but I never did either of those things.
Haven't thought about that for years. Don't know if it will work for you or not, but it's cheap and easy.