Kicking Your Nail Biting Habit Can Improve Your Oral Health

Also known as onchophagia, the habit of nail biting is one of the so-called “nervous habits” that can be triggered by stress, excitement, or boredom. Approximately half of all kids between the ages of ten and 18 have been nail biters at one time or another. Experts say that about 30 percent of children and 15 percent of adults are nail biters, however most people stop chewing their nails by the time they turn 30.


Here are four dental and general reasons to stop biting your nails:


1.It’s unsanitary. Your nails harbor bacteria and germs, and are almost twice as dirty as fingers. What’s more, swallowing dirty nails can lead to stomach problems.


2.It wears down your teeth. Gnawing your nails can put added stress on your pearly whites, which can lead to crooked teeth.


3.It can delay your orthodontic treatment. For those of our patients wearing braces, nail biting puts additional pressure on teeth and weakens roots.


4.It can cost you, literally. Our friends at the Academy of General Dentistry estimate up to $4,000 in extra dental bills over a lifetime.


Dr.Glaser and his team recommend the following to kick your nail biting habit:

  • – Keep your nails trimmed short; you’ll have less of a nail to bite.

  • – Coat your nails with a bitter-tasting nail polish.

  • – Ask us about obtaining a mouthguard, which can help prevent nail biting.

  • – Put a rubber band around your wrist and snap it whenever you get the urge to gnaw on your nails.

  • – Think about when and why you chew your nails. Whether you are nervous or just bored, understanding the triggers can help you find a solution and stop the habit.

  • – If you can’t stop, behavioral therapy may be an effective option to stop nail biting.


If you are interested in more information about nail biting or would like to assess your oral health, please contact Glaser Orthodontics or just stop by a visit at our Cortlandt Manor location!

Ten Tips to Keep Your Braces Clean

Keeping your teeth clean is more important than ever when you have braces! Food bits have more spots than usual to hide in your mouth, so you must be diligent in order to avoid bad breath, swollen gums, discolored teeth and cavities. If you remove plaque regularly during treatment, you’ll experience better results and shorter treatment time. We at Glaser Orthodontics want to help you keep plaque at bay with these top ten tips:

1. One tooth at a time! When you brush, take time with each individual tooth – at least 10 seconds each – and pay careful attention to the spots where your teeth touch your braces.
2. It’s all about the angles! Brush the tops of your teeth and braces with your brush angled down toward where they meet. Brush the bottoms of your teeth and braces with your brush angled up.
3. The tooth, the whole tooth, nothing but the tooth! While the front surface of your teeth may seem like the most logical to clean, it’s equally important to clean the inner surface of your teeth (tongue side) as well as the chewing surface. And be sure to clean along your gum line – a key spot for plaque buildup.
4. Step 1: eat, step 2: clean! While you’re in treatment, it’s important to brush after every meal. Bits of food can easily get caught between braces and teeth, and these food bits interact with bacteria in your mouth to cause decay. The longer food is in contact with your teeth, the greater opportunity for plaque to form. If you are eating somewhere that you can’t brush, thoroughly rinse your mouth with water.
5. Always be prepared! The easiest way to be sure you can brush after every meal is to get in the habit of taking a toothbrush, toothpaste and floss with you wherever you go. Designate a special container just for your teeth-cleaning tools and keep it in your purse, backpack, or laptop case.
6. Remove the moving parts! If you have elastic bands or headgear, remove these parts before you brush or floss.
7. Fluoride is your friend! Fluoride helps prevent cavities. Be sure to brush with fluoride toothpaste, and rinse with fluoride mouthwash.
8. Pointy brushes reach tiny places! Interproximal brushes (sometimes called proxa brushes or interdental brushes) are cone-shaped and come in very handy for reaching spots around your braces that standard brushes can’t.
9. Find the floss for you! Regular floss works for some patients, but others find it easier to work with a floss threader, which helps you get the floss into tight places. Other patients like an all-in-one product called Superfloss, which comes with a stiff end for easy threading, a spongy section for cleaning wide spaces, and regular floss for narrow spaces.
10. Make time for the pros! It’s your job to take care of the everyday cleaning. But make sure to visit your dentist regularly while in treatment, to get the deep, thorough cleaning that only a professional can provide.
We hope this helps, and remember to give Dr. Glaser and his team a call at their Cortlandt Manor office if you have any questions, concerns or would like to schedule an appointment!

Adults in Westchester Looking for Teeth Straightening by Dr. Glaser


The office of Dr. Barry Glaser in Cortlandt Manor offers teeth straightening for adults. The Invisalign treatment is not just for teens. Now adults can have a straight smile and live a happy life. Financial plans are available.


Dr. Barry Glaser is offering Invisalign treatments for adults.  Now you can straighten your smile with Invisalign!  It’s virtually invisible while you wear it.  Unlike the braces of old, Invisalign is state of the art technology that is finely crafted to your teeth.  Using the iTero 3D Scanner, Dr. Glaser will make a mold of your teeth without the use of messy molding solutions.  Dr. Glaser is the first Orthodontist in Westchester to utilize the iTero 3D Scanner.


By combining these unique technologies, Dr. Glaser stands out from all the others.  He was awarded the title of “top dentist” by Westchester Magazine because of the outstanding services he provides.  His office is located in Cortlandt Manor and he serves the Westchester & Metro NYC Area.


A wide variety of patients can be treated with Invisalign. If you have been told that you are not a candidate for Invisalign, even after asking for this treatment option, then you should get a second opinion from an orthodontist that has a significant amount of experience with Invisalign. Dr. Glaser has achieved Elite Preferred Provider status, which is one of the highest levels of Invisalign case experience. Chances are very good that you CAN have Invisalign!