Review Article
Volume 10 Issue 4 - 2021
Onychophagia: Clinical Implications and its Comorbidities
Nagendran Jayavel Pandiyan*
Professor, Department of Paediatric Dentistry, Best Dental Science College, Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India
*Corresponding Author: Nagendran Jayavel Pandiyan, Professor, Department of Paediatric Dentistry, Best Dental Science College, Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India.
Received: February 22, 2021; Published: March 31, 2021




Abstract

Biting of nail is a common stress-relieving oral habit. It involves biting the nail, cuticle and soft tissues surrounding the nail. This behavioural problem has been reported both in children and young adults. Onychophagia cannot be considered as an isolated dermatological or cosmetic problem as there could be associated co-occurring psychological issues. Treatment of nail biting involves multidisciplinary care. Hence practicing dentists should have a comprehensive knowledge in understanding and recognition of these deleterious oral habits.

Keywords: Oral Habits; Onychophagia; Nail Biting; Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

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