Stop chewing pens and pencils.
Instead of chewing pens and risking the integrity of your smile, try chewing some sugar-free gum to keep your mouth occupied while you work.
Or if you don’t like gum, try using pencil toppers or removable erasers to cover the ends of your pencils and remind you not to bite!
Why do I bite pens?
Chewing your pen: what it means
It has been suggested by psychologists that the act of chewing the end of your pen or pencil is self-comforting, and occurs as a result of feeling anxious or stressed. Like smoking and thumb-sucking, pen chewing has been linked to the oral phase of childhood development.
Is it bad to chew pens?
Chewing your pen lid too much can turn your teeth brown and even damage your facial muscles, experts have said. If you regularly chew on your pen lid, you could risk damaging the muscles around your mouth, causing lockjaw, and wearing down your teeth so bad a dentist would need to artificially restore your gnashers.
Does chewing on plastic hurt your teeth?
So after soothing your throat with a lozenge, be sure to brush well. Whether the sugar comes from a cough drop or a hard candy, it reacts with the sticky plaque that coats your teeth. Then bacteria in the plaque convert the sugar into an acid that eats away at tooth enamel. Hello, cavities.
Why does a child eat pencils?
Some children may chew on their clothes because they need to stimulate their jaw muscles. This is especially true of kids who eat a soft or pureed diet. The child may be chewing because they have Pica.