does a bad habit hurt in the long run?

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Monday October 19th, 2009 @ 3:48 PM

Filed under: Lip/Cheek

I want to get my bottom lip pierced, but I have this bad habit of biting the inside of my bottom lip. I guess my question is, whether or not this will be a problem? If I continue to bite my lip will it bother my piercing, or like mess it up? Can it get infected from it? I want to be sure that I do the right thing and not hurt my lip even more.

Compusively biting on your lip will be a negative thing to a healing piercing. If you get in the habit of chewing the actual jewelry, it will wreak havoc on your teeth.

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6 Responses to “does a bad habit hurt in the long run?”

  1. My lip biting habits meant that my vertical labrets never healed properly, I pulled them both out after maybe 3 months of slow but progressive scar buildup. I still have some minor scarring I can feel physically but nothing visible. There’s not a lot of harm in getting the piercing and finding out how you go, as long as you’re willing to give it up if you find you can’t stop playing with it!

    I’m also a smoker and used to chew my nails - all the usual oral fixation cliches - so I guess it’s no surprise they failed for me really…

    redeye on November 3rd, 2009 at 2:06 am
  2. How about piercing your upper lip instead then?

    Xenobiologista on November 13th, 2009 at 8:25 am
  3. I just forced myself to stop biting when I got my lip done because I wanted it that badly. now I still bite around the pierced area (years after it’s done) but nothing severe. Because I can’t always bite my lip, I play with the jewelery (with my teeth). To be honest, it’ll probably be better for your teeth if you don’t get it done, but you have to learn self control. That’s what I’m doing. I know someone who’s teeth were close to shattering because of their metal tongue ring.

    Person on January 7th, 2010 at 8:50 pm
  4. I have had my lip pierced for 2 years now and like you I would compulsively bite my lip… right when I got it done that stopped until I changed the jewelry for the first time. Then I was right back to biting near it or playing with the jewelery. It can ruin your teeth if you actually bite hard on it. But honestly I have never had any problem with it. Just be sure to follow the aftercare fully and try not to irritate the piercing when it is fresh.

    lrb411 on June 2nd, 2010 at 8:19 pm
  5. ive been biting my lips since i was a kid. its always been a huge problem for me. i have some pretty crazy scars in there from all the chewing. then, i got my lip pierced. ive had it for 4 years now, and honestly i havent chewed in that area ever since. ive just sorta forgot to think about it haha. now the other side is a different story. ive been wanting to get that side pierced for awhile, so ill see how that turns out.

    miss on August 27th, 2010 at 12:07 am
  6. I have a labret and a long habit of nibbling on the inside of my lips (although really I only do it these days if I’m stressed). I found that having well-fitted jewelry was crucial. No extra length to protrude from my inner lip, comfortably nestled into the tissue, and in order to nibble on it or the skin around it I’d have to consciously reach for it and pull on it with my teeth — so sometimes, now I still absently chew the corners of my lips, but I don’t have any problems not chewing near my piercing.

    kristinc on September 12th, 2010 at 11:47 pm

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