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How to stop biting your own cheeks



Some people have this very nasty habit of biting their own cheeks from inside and if you’re one of them (you cannot stop biting your own cheeks from inside) than you must know what a nuisance it is and you must have been trying quite hard to stop this habit. Some people bite their cheeks so much that they develop chronic ulcers and they have to seek medical attention.

Biting your own cheeks from inside begins without even you realizing it. You first begin to nibble at the softer portions, and when you can feel small knots you begin to roll your tongue over them and start chewing more and more to feel bigger and bigger portion. Eventually that portion comes off and you either spit it or swallow it, and then start chewing the other parts of your cheeks.

But you don’t always bite your own cheeks from inside purposely; sometimes your teeth grow in such a manner that the inner skin of your cheeks on its own comes between your teeth and you end up biting your cheeks. This is not exactly a habit and you need to see a dentist in order to sort out your teeth.

So how do you stop biting your own cheeks?

Like any other habit you can also stop the habit of biting your own cheeks. Here are a few things you can do in order to achieve this:

  • Deal with your anxieties: Many people chew and bite their cheeks when they are anxious or tense. If this makes you bite your cheeks then you need to learn to cope with your emotions in a positive manner. Of course some problems don’t just go away and you cannot get rid of anxieties and worries simply to stop biting your cheeks, but this can be a good beginning.
  • Start chewing something else: Chewing a gum isn’t very healthy for your teeth but for some weeks you can try having a gum between your teeth so that you have something to chew whenever the urge hits you. Basically, you want to chew something and when nothing is around you, you end up biting your own cheeks. So if you have something in your mouth you won’t have to nibble at your own skin.
  • Ask people for help: Often it is visible to people around you when you are chewing your own cheeks from inside. Ask them to stop you whenever they notice that. Inform them that you are trying to get rid of this habit and they will gladly help you.
  • Use your will power: This is the best way of stopping yourself from biting your own cheeks. Just think about the risks involved. You are not simply chewing off small bits of your skin, you are also exposing yourself to the risk of getting mouth ulcers, infections, and worse, even cancer.
  • Remain positive: Many people have observed that they stopped biting their own cheeks when they started doing something that made them happy. Start going out, socialize, indulge in hobbies, do some good reading, and in general nurture a positive attitude.

These are a few things that can help you stop biting your own cheeks from inside. You are welcome to share your own thoughts on this topic in the comments section.

15 thoughts on “How to stop biting your own cheeks

  1. Joejeanwootton

    I find that when  I raise my bed head I bite my cheek in my sleep.  When I lay flat  I don't.    It took me a while to discover this, consequently I have a right cheek covered in lump and scare tissue .

  2. Timothy Mclaney

    It's very important to address this ASAP, especially since cheek biting can damage the tissues and cause infection. What's more, immediate problems can arise when wounds prevent you from eating your favorite dishes to brushing your own teeth!

  3. Jasmine

    I am 13 years old and have been biting my cheeks lips and tongue sense i was 3! (10 years) it has been really hard for me. I also dont brush my teeth. This is because it hurts my mouth and makes the spots i bit bleed. Everyone i tell thinks im a freak so i just stopped telling people. I told my mom when i was 7 but i think she has forgotten by now. My dad still doesn't know about this. I am ashamed of myself but i just cant stop doing it. I hope its not TOO SERIOUS!!!!!

  4. howtoplaza

    Dear Jasmine. There is no need to feel ashamed of. You will just need to make a conscious effort in order to get rid of this habit. You will also need to remember that it is an old habit so it is not going to go away fast. Just try to reduce the amount of chewing that happens on a day-to-day basis. Try to distract yourself the moment the urge rises. You can also consult a physician and keep padding between your cheek and your teeth so that your teeth cannot bite into your cheek. – Sarah

  5. Carla

    I'm starting to get scared of biting myself because the more you bite, the more bump it will grow inside your mouth. I think its serious! biting your inside cheek can effect your mouth real bad, it can even cause the cancer to begin in your inside cheek. So for the people that bite themselves has to stop because its really uncomfortable having a bump in your mouth.

  6. godtheyhurt

    I i have the exact same thing but Im 14 today is my birthday and right now i have 2 HUGE ulcers because of chewing on my lip and it hurts sooooooo bad I've been doing this for a longggg time as well

  7. b

    Im 15 and ive been doing this for years since I was about eleven, I stopped when I was 14 and my mouth heeled up nicely, I started doing it again last year just after my fifteenth birthday, I've just left school so because im bored all the time I just bite it without realising, also I think 'ill just bite this bit so theres no skin hanging off and make it smooth and then I'll never do it again' but then I do do it a gain, I have braces and it makes it hurt where it rubs on it and the skin always gets caught in my braces and it's really painful, i constantly have chewing gum but it doesn't work,it even hurts to talk sometimes where my brace catches on the lumps, there's one lump where I think I can see the yellow tissue you get inside your skin, I need to know how to stop!

  8. dominique

    I'm 14 and i've bit the inside of my mouth for so long I don't even know when I started. My mom does the same exact thing. I try to bite the skin off to make it smooth but it never works but I keep on biting. I'm not even exactly worried about infections and stuff I just worry about how it feels and looks even though no one sees the inside of my mouth. I don't even know what like a regular mouth feels like. it's so sad!

  9. danny

    I may have found a cure for this. I’m in my late thirties. I have been doing this since I was about 20 years old. I am not a nervous person and rarely get stressed. I bite because there is a build up of cells on the inner cheek which is slightly sticky and satisfying to clamp between my molars and premolars. It can get really ‘fluffy’ and intrusive. I can get jaw ache if I do it a lot, eg on a long plane journey. Ultimately, it annoys me and my mouth can feel really furry. This must surely impact on breath freshness and confidence in kissing. I asked my dentist about he. He didn’t care. I asked my doctor who referred me to an ENT specialist who said… wait for it… I’m a cheek biter. Gee, thanks. I am convinced that it is a fungus of some kind. This is why. Once I went to Zimbabwe for 10 days. I had to take Doxycyclin for malaria prevention. During the course of medicine I noticed that my cheeks were perfectly clear. It was a miracle. I finished the course and the sticky cells eventually returned. So, I got some more and decided to apply the powder from one capsule, to both insides of my mouth before sleep using my tooth brush. It tastes awful. 36-48 hrs later the cells are almost gone. I often do this for two evenings before sleep and the cells clear up and can be gone for a month, maybe more. I have done this enough times for it not to be a coincidence.
    My doctor didn’t seem to have a problem with this use of the drug. Two tablets once a month is not a problem. If it controls the issue then the Dr was happy. He was not interested in why it might be effective or what the skin cell build up was really about. I happened to change doctors a few years later and this current one thinks I should not do this as it is not a prescribed method of application. Whatever. I can get totally clear inner cheeks and it feels great. I will continue,
    Check with your doctor first etc etc, before taking any medicine. I’d be interested to hear from anyone with the same problem who is help by doxycyclin. Danny

  10. danny

    I may have found a cure for this. I’m in my late thirties. I have been biting my inner cheek since I was about 20 years old. I am not a nervous person and rarely get stressed. I bite because there is a build up of cells on the inner cheek which is slightly sticky and satisfying to clamp between my molars and premolars. It can get really ‘fluffy’ and intrusive. I can get jaw ache if I do it a lot, eg on a long plane journey. Ultimately, it annoys me and my mouth can feel really furry. This must surely impact on breath freshness and confidence in kissing. I asked my dentist about this. He didn’t care. I asked my doctor who referred me to an ENT specialist who said… wait for it… I’m a cheek biter. Gee, thanks. I am convinced that it is a fungus of some kind. This is why. Once I went to Zimbabwe for 10 days. I had to take Doxycyclin for malaria prevention. During the course of medicine I noticed that my cheeks were perfectly clear. It was a miracle. I finished the course and the sticky cells eventually returned. So, I got some more and decided to apply the powder from one capsule, to both insides of my mouth before sleep using my tooth brush. It tastes awful. 36-48 hrs later the cells are almost gone. I often do this for two evenings before sleep and the cells clear up and can be gone for a month, maybe more. I have done this enough times for it not to be a coincidence.
    My doctor didn’t seem to have a problem with this use of the drug. Two tablets once a month is not a problem. If it controls the issue then the Dr was happy. He was not interested in why it might be effective or what the skin cell build up was really about. I happened to change doctors a few years later and this current one thinks I should not do this as it is not a prescribed method of application. Whatever. I can get totally clear inner cheeks and it feels great. I will continue,
    Check with your doctor first etc etc, before taking any medicine. I’d be interested to hear from anyone with the same problem who is helped by doxycyclin.

  11. Danny Hater

    Sticky cells? wtf are you talking about? For most people like myself it’s caused by stress… I don’t even see why someone who can afford to go to Zimbabwe for 10 days would have a problem at all.. (>->)
    I don’t even have a doctor to ask about it thats why I’m on the internet bitch. Nor could I afford doxycyclin!

    Shove your expensive advice up your ass dude! Don’t forget to switch your fucking doctor again when he says he does not care about the stuff in your ass!

  12. Abby

    I am 20 and I’ve been biting my cheeks for the longest time… honestly I don’t even remember when I started it’s just something I’ve always done (My guess is when I got braces though). I can stop long enough if I know I have a dentist appt. but right after it’s right back to biting. It’s kind of annoying but at the same time it just seems normal to me, even though it definitely isn’t a normal behavior. I know that it is probably something psychological because I tend to do it more if I’m mad or depressed. Plus it gives me something to do… I’ve tried chewing gum but I just end up alternating between chewing the gum in my mouth then chewing my cheeks. I am also a nail biter so I don’t know if those to work together or not!

  13. Leah

    I have done this forever too but recently have been free! Basically I keep gum on me at all times and am constantly chewing. If I’m in a situation where I can’t chew, I rest it on my cheek to prevent myself from biking down. It’s a miracle!

  14. I've tried

    Gum used to help but recently I realized I simply push the gum to the side and continue to chew also no one seems to actually realize that I’m biting b/c habitly I’ll hide the fact I’m chewing when people look at me sometimes socializing helps but I’m no a really sociable person. Even when I do, do somethin I enjoy I’ll chew. I’ve been chewing for years at first I didn’t even realize but then I did and have been biting consciously b/c it’s hard to force myself to stop even while thinking about the risks (considering I don’t really fear much I find it hard to fear any diseases) I notice that I enjoy chewing on the paper lollipop sticks even more than the lollipop and even biting my cheeks but I don’t eat lollipops often so that doesn’t help. It does end up hurting but it just makes me want to chew on it more. My dentist just told me that I should stop b/c I can get mouth cancer and told my parents but that wa years ago so my parents think I stopped and I got a new dentists and she doesn’t say anything. I know it’s a major problem but I really don’t know how to stop and it’s simply relaxing too. So I don’t know what to do.

  15. Thanks Danny

    Danny Hater,

    Perhaps an attitude adjustment will cure your stress. Ever heard the saying “Get what you Give”? If you were open enough to look into the option of trying Doxycycline, you’d learn it’s an antibiotic and also the least expensive option for malaria prevention when travelling to/around/in affected areas. Depending on the quantity, it can be around $15 as opposed to $100. You’d also learn that you don’t need a doctor to get it.

    Danny, Thanks for the tip. I’ve traveled a bit to areas where I’ve needed Doxycycline, and actually have a few extra unexpired tablets that I can give a go with.

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