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Chewing The Inside Of My Mouth - June 12th 2011, 03:52 PM

HI so I have a real problem with chewing the inside of my mouth. I do it constantly. I'm doing it right now ahah. I do it without even thinking, sometimes. And I make such weird faces when I do... people look at me odd! And well, once I chewed on my lip so much that it got so swollen it looked like someone had beaten me in the face ahaha. I'd really like to be able to stop, but I do it without even thinking about it! Anyone else have problems with this/ideas on how to stop?
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Re: Chewing The Inside Of My Mouth - June 12th 2011, 05:01 PM

I use to do the same thing... And it can hurt really bad because you don't realize the extent of what you are doing it comes a point to where you don't even know when you are doing it... What I fine helps is keeping gum in your mouth, or something to chew on, or put toothpaste in your mouth and I say that because when you bite your mouth, one its either gonna burn or two blood and toothpaste just don't mix, and then your body should get the message within time that ick thats gross lets not do it... It is a compulsive behavior and it is hard to stop because you don't realize you are doing it. But ALWAYS keep something in your mouth to chew on.... It helps


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Re: Chewing The Inside Of My Mouth - June 12th 2011, 05:04 PM

Ahh see that's how I started, I used to chew on my sleeves all the time, but my mother made me stop because, well, I was destroying my clothes. Aaand so with nothing to chew on, I started on my mouth. I would prefer my sleeves to my physical self at this stage though. And the gum is a good idea. @_@
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Re: Chewing The Inside Of My Mouth - June 12th 2011, 05:52 PM

I used to chew my finger keeping chewing gum with all the time would probably be best, or maybe a piece of fabric to chew?


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Re: Chewing The Inside Of My Mouth - June 13th 2011, 02:05 AM

I chew the inside of my cheek, but it's mostly when I'm upset/angry/nervous, depending on the situation. I bit the inside of my mouth so bad one time, it was swollen, and my boyfriend wanted me to see a doctor.

But, to solve that, I always have a pack of gum on me. If I feel I might start chewing my mouth, or that I have, I will chew a stick of gum instead. It helps, and it tastes good!


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Re: Chewing The Inside Of My Mouth - June 14th 2011, 08:20 PM

Hey there,
I do the exact same thing, and sometimes, I do it without even realizing it. I get yelled at for it all the time by my mom, even though she's the one who used to do it, so I wonder where I got it from?

When it gets so bad that it hurts, what I do is take a glass of warm water (tap or otherwise) and put salt in it. It helps it heal faster. To stop doing it all together, someone mentioned the gum idea. This is great. It actually helped me once, but I usually don't carry gum on me anymore (people like to ask the second it comes out of my pocket!).











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Re: Chewing The Inside Of My Mouth - June 24th 2011, 12:36 AM

Hahahaha, I do the same thing!! I make weird faces too when I chew the inside of my mouth, and then people ask me "why are you making weird faces?". It's really annoying though.

I find that chewing gum helps me take my mind off of chewing the inside of my mouth. But not much else works for me... :\

But I do find that I only chew when I'm bored or not doing something interactive. So maybe finding something to do will help and such.
   
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Re: Chewing The Inside Of My Mouth - June 24th 2011, 03:56 AM

I do the same thing all the time. When I was younger and wasn't allowed to have gum in class the teacher always got onto me because she thought I was chewing gum. I was just chewing on my cheek.
I would try to have something in your mouth a lot. I usually have gum or a mint or something in my mouth anyways. That might help you a bit.
Also like Shannon said when your mouth gets a sore or really tender or something. Try the salt water thing. It's nasty as all get out but it helps.


   
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Re: Chewing The Inside Of My Mouth - June 25th 2011, 03:16 AM

I used to do something similar although it was chewing my cheek as well as my tongue and lips. Unfortunately, my tongue has a good amount of deep gashes in it and the left side feels as though it has a different grade than the right side. Chewing gum is a pretty good way to prevent accidentally biting the inside of your mouth. I still chew gum when I'm studying because that was when I would chew my mouth unintentionally.


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Re: Chewing The Inside Of My Mouth - June 25th 2011, 10:25 AM

I know what you mean, I used to chew everything.
From clothes to fingers to mouth...
Like everyone else has said, gum is a really good idea, although sometimes I'm chewing gum and I bite my mouth accidentally anyway. u_u
Keep thinking about it as well. If it happens when you don't think about it, then every time to catch yourself doing it, stop it and then concentrate for a bit on not doing it. It might train you to stop completely.


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