April 14, 2011 11:21 AM Subscribe
I chew my mouth and I want to stop without using gum or other mouth foods as my main crutch.
posted by WeekendJen to health & fitness (12 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
In times of boredom, great anxiety, or confusion I have a nervous habit of chewing on my mouth (I occasionally pick at my fingernails in the same compulsive fashion). What I mean by that is i'll bite my teeth over a tiny part of the side of my tongue or inner cheeck till theres a sort of vaccuum seal between 2 teeth then release it with a satisfying pop. I want to stop doing this because I've been doing it everyday and with increasing frequency.
I would prefer not to have gum or other such mouth activities be the solution because as a result of either the mouth chewing itself or the stresses that lead to mouth chewing in the first place, I get canker sores fairly often and gum / hard candies / seeds irritate them.
Gimme some tips to break my habit. Please don't think I'm gross.