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I have a bad habbit of bitting my cheeks!

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  • Posted By: jean harris
  • November 28, 2006
  • 05:43 AM

I'v had a habbit of biting my cheeks since i was about 11 years old. Back then it wasn't so bad, know though it's worse. I'm 26 years old and i'm worried. I bite them so bad i get a headache and my cheeks hurt. What is this habbit called? is it curable? and can i get a disease from this???

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  • Hi Jean, Do you bite them on purpose? I know I had a wisdom tooth that was growing funny that was causing be to bite into my cheek every time I chewed and boy was that painful!!! And the Dentist called it cheekbite! Go figure. It was like hamburger meat in there. I had the tooth removed and no problems.
    kitkat2 17 Replies
    • November 28, 2006
    • 06:48 PM
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  • Hello JeanI'm a cheek biter too but I've been doing it a lot longer than you have as I'm in my 40's now and have been doing it ever since I can remember.I dont agree with the wisdom tooth idea as I had mine out years ago.I think it's just a nasty habit we picked up from our childhood and we can't stop. It's like an addiction.I have heard if you bite too often and to the point of bleedin, which I do, you can end up with some form of mouth cancer.This news does worry me but I still can't stop completely.Good luck with it.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 20, 2007
    • 09:05 AM
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  • I too have been doing this for a long time. I'm 46 now. I've known other people who do it. I've often wondered if it had something to do with digestive difficulties. I know that may sound weird, but I've also had problems with digestion (ibs) and find that I do this more after eating sugar. I don't buy that this is an anxiety problem. Habit? Probably. But I can't help but think this is something more than that. Once in a while I go online to see if I can find out anything new (which led me to this forum) but no luck yet. You are not alone!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 23, 2007
    • 02:02 AM
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  • I too am a cheek and lip biter. I have been doing it since I was a child and I am now nearly 44. What is unusual about my case is that my older sister does it too. I sooo wish I could get it under control. I'm convinced that for me it is a nervous reaction to something that I'm worried or concerned about or trying to figure out. I try to be aware of when I'm about to start or when I've just begun and search out the source of my agitation and address it by working it through with constructive thoughts. It helps some but I do not have a handle on it by any means. It's so frustrating. I wonder if I learned the behavior from my sister. I used to copy everything else she did! Anyway, I look forward to any ideas anyone might have that has helped them.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 30, 2007
    • 05:15 AM
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  • At least I don't feel like I'm the only one who does this (besides crack-heads) lol. It doesn't seem like I've been doing it that long, or it was so mild I don't remember. I was in a few really bad car accidents and now have aweful back pain. It seems like I might start it sometimes because my back hurts and I'm deferring the pain, and then can't stop. This time though, I bit it so hard that my cheek is like rediculiously swollen. I'm hoping it's fine, & am thinking about going to the ER, but I can't stand doctors. The only thing I have found that suggests a possible reason--other than anxiety or whatever--is TMJD (temporal mandibular joint disorder), which I happen to also have. TMJD can cause a whole host of other things too: headaches, back and neck pain, etc.. Hope this helps fellow cheek biters!
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  • I too am a cheek and lip biter. I have been doing it since I was a child and I am now nearly 44. What is unusual about my case is that my older sister does it too. I sooo wish I could get it under control. I'm convinced that for me it is a nervous reaction to something that I'm worried or concerned about or trying to figure out. I try to be aware of when I'm about to start or when I've just begun and search out the source of my agitation and address it by working it through with constructive thoughts. It helps some but I do not have a handle on it by any means. It's so frustrating. I wonder if I learned the behavior from my sister. I used to copy everything else she did! Anyway, I look forward to any ideas anyone might have that has helped them.I am a lip biter and have been doing it since a child. I am 35 now. I think it is related to stress and worry. My granny was a lip biter too. Mine started when she suggested that I stop biting my nails and try doing something different with my hands. Well I then picked up her bad habit and started to bite my lip. The terrible thing is that so many years later I am still biting my nails AND my lip. I have just had my second child and I find that when I sit down to feed him, my hand goes unconsciously to my mouth and I start biting the skin inside my mouth. I try to stop but cant. I too worry that I am going to get mouth cancer but don't know if that is possible from what I am doing. The condition drives my husband crazy. It is nice to know thought that this is not a solitary thing and that there are others out there that are lip biters too.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 22, 2010
    • 07:22 AM
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  • i do the same thing and I am about your age... I figured out that its called morsicatio buccarum...
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 19, 2011
    • 02:08 AM
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