From time to time, biting your lip is no problem. In certain cases, though, individuals are unable to regulate the habit, and it becomes a repetitive activity based on the body. In the current version of the Mental Disorders Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, chronic lip biting falls under “other obsessive-compulsive and related disorders specified”. It can vary greatly in severity. BFRBs, like cutting, are not considered a form of self-mutilation. While some BFRBs cause bodily harm, individuals with BFRBs do not deliberately harm themselves.
What triggers lips biting?
Usually, tension and anxiety are linked to this habit: lip biting. But there is also some evidence that individuals, including lip biting, may have a biological predisposition to BFRBs. Other factors that may be associated with the formation of a BFRB include age and sex. Like the people with age b/w 11 to 15 are more likely to bite lips. 2ndly, females are mostly addicted of this habit. However, weather or outside temperature can also be a serious factor.
How to deal with tongue biting?
Man people do so as they are unaware that they’re chewing their lips. Knowledge of actions is always the first step. This can be done by educating yourself by journaling to recognize the emotions that lead up to lip biting, or to document the actions and circumstances at the time.
Other options for treating habitual biting of the lip can include:
Behavioral Cognitive Therapy
Techniques to get relaxed
Soft mouth guards or prosthetic shields
Substitute habits, such as gum chewing instead
If dental problems are responsible for the habit of lip biting, then care must include:
Removal of teeth
Wires or plates to stabilize the jaw bone
Complications of lip biting
When lip biting is persistent, it can lead to complications in some cases. These include redness, inflammation, painful sores, psychological stress, such as feelings of guilt and hopelessness etc.
How to prevent yourself from biting your lips?
In some situations, managing stress through exercise, breathing exercises, and other healthy lifestyle choices can help prevent it. It can also help to practice mindfulness when it comes to any activity that begins to feel repetitive and to redirect the behavior.
It is also important to remember that it is possible for this habit to reappear. And after you have been successfully treated, keep alert for symptoms. Usually, it is possible to use previously productive methods again.