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siamak wrote at 2007-09-17 22:54:59

one of the functions of our teeth cusps, particularly the outer cusp of upper teeth is to keep the cheeks from coming into the Occlusal table ( the area on top of the tooth where food gets chewed).   excessive ware of these cusps, due to grinding, often results in the loss of this important function and as a result your cheeks and lower lip are no longer kept out of the occlusal table and get bitten

Gene wrote at 2008-07-06 02:16:58
Uh. That answer is crazy.  I have been a chronic cheek and tongue "biter" for many painful years with actual experience, which this "dd" person obviously has not had.

For one chewing more with this side of your mouth that bit your cheek is *not* going to prevent further biting. In fact it is *just the opposite*. The opposite site of the moth is the one to chew with after you have bitten yourself.

Second, saliva does not prevent cheek biting. Lubrication as a solution is entirely ridiculous.


Danigirl wrote at 2010-08-27 11:25:40
Actually, yes, it is your overbite. I have a misaligned bite as well and my dentist also said my mouth is too small. He gave me two options - night guard or braces. I opted for the braces because I can't stand the thought of having to wear a night guard the rest of my life. I have only had them on one month so I haven't noticed a change yet, but I am hopeful. I would definitely see about a night guard tho. You can buy them in the store and my dentist told me to get the hard one, not the soft one, because the soft one will only make you grind harder and could eventually lead to cracked teeth and TMJ.

Sarah wrote at 2011-03-28 03:20:31
I bite my cheek way too often. It's really annoying. My mother has told me since I was little that that is a sign you need more Vitamin C... but that may just be a way of making a child drink their orange juice... If I chew food on the side of the swelling it actually ups my chances of biting it again, I find that regardless of the side you chew on, just chew slowly. And a glass of some good orange juice couldn't hurt.  

Friendly wrote at 2011-09-14 19:59:29
the moment you accidently bite your cheek, put sugar on the portion , it wont turn sore.its time tested secret and i have used it for over 20 yrs  

tintay wrote at 2012-02-25 18:30:26
I have this same problem!  As you said, once you bite it, it becomes inflamed and happens more often.  I am going through this right now, Have you found any solution?  I was literally crying as I was eating supper last night. I found your posting when I was online looking for a solution.

This may be a bit extreme, but its what I want to try.  My Mom said she had the same problem when she had her real teeth, she has not had the problem since she got false teeth.  

midnightrose wrote at 2012-03-19 03:11:26

This might also be a problem of "gearing" - the proper alignment of your top & bottom teeth.  Do you have bruxism (an involuntary grinding of the teeth that often takes place while you sleep)?  I also have this, and probably bite my cheek once every few weeks by accident.  I am scheduled to have a tooth guard made to deal with this issue.  Bruxism is rather serious and can result in misalignment of the top & bottom teeth, headaches, neck & shoulder pain, TMJ symptoms, ear problems, and the permanent loss of teeth as a result of cracks from pressure exerted between the teeth.  If you have a sleeping partner, ask them if they hear you making grinding teeth at night; if not, a dentist can also determine if this is occuring by checking for flat spots that are forming on the tooth surfaces.  Cracked teeth can be a painful and expensive issue to deal with.  It would probably be a good idea to have your teeth checked by a dentist to check and see if this is an issue.

doug peters wrote at 2012-06-21 10:09:48
I have had this problem for a while now and everyone knows how horrible it is. I sometimes feel like thumpimng the table in a fit of rage while cleaning up in side the mouth with a serviette.

Here is something I'm trying after talking to my dentist.

I have a couple of missing molars and as such tend to chew towards the front of my mouth and as a result keep on biting the inside of my lips, cheek, tongue etc. Guess what ....the front teeth are only for biting and then all chewing should be in the rear of the mouth. Push the food to the rear as soon as possible and distribute the food to both sides, then chomp very slowly. This has helped to a great extent but I still give myself the occasional bite. I hope this will become habit forming and will eventually work. For years now it

is almost like I had forgotten to chew with my molars. It seems so reassuring. But chew slowly and deliberately, simply bite up and down. Good luck to all.  

Gdprvd4 wrote at 2016-01-19 21:00:47
I found that swishing a small amount of hydrogen peroxide around the area bitten helps to reduce the swelling and thereby reducing the chances of biting the same area again. I do this a couple of times and it usually takes care of the pain too.


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