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Do you chew the inside of your mouth?
Yes, I constantly chew holes in my inner lip/cheeks till it bleeds 13%  13%  [ 10 ]
Yes, I nibble but not until it bleeds 47%  47%  [ 37 ]
Only when really stressed 23%  23%  [ 18 ]
What, do people really do that?? 9%  9%  [ 7 ]
Other (specify) 9%  9%  [ 7 ]
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 Post subject: Poll: Do you chew your inner lip?
PostPosted: Mon Oct 25, 2010 5:01 pm 
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I constantly bite & chew holes in my inner lip & cheeks....to the point where it often bleeds & is then painful to eat any acidic foods for a few days because it burns. Then it feels all weird & bumpy while it heals...which makes me want to chew it more. I find I will be doing it for a while before I even notice I'm doing it. Generally it's because of stress, sometimes oddly because I enjoy it in some way. Am I a freak? Anyone else do this?

(ps- yay for my 1st poll in the new forum!)

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 25, 2010 5:15 pm 
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I was chewing on my lip at the very moment that came across this topic, so I figured I had to vote.

Mine's definitely because of stress, and once I start, it's really hard to stop.


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 25, 2010 6:20 pm 
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I chew my inner lip constantly. People think I'm scowling at them, which makes me laugh

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 25, 2010 6:36 pm 
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I chew my inner lip all the time, I don't even know I'm doing it. But I've never had it bleed (my bottom lip is a completely different story though). I also chew my cheek.

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Leukoplakia, a condition caused by excess cell growth, can form on the cheeks, gums, or tongue. Leukoplakia is commonly seen in tobacco users, in people with ill-fitting dentures, and in those who have a habit of chewing on their cheek. This condition can progress to cancer. Red patches in the mouth (called erythroplakia) are less common than leukoplakia but have an even greater potential for being cancerous. Any white or red lesion in your mouth should be evaluated by your dentist.

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 25, 2010 7:59 pm 
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I chew mine pretty often, but almost never enough to draw blood. It's mostly when I'm stressed. Your chewing sounds pretty intense/painful. . . maybe you should always have gum with you, to chew instead?

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Chew til it bleeds til I die!

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I usually only do this when stressed out. I'm also totally grossed out with myself when I draw blood. No self cannibalism!


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 25, 2010 8:05 pm 
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I chew mine pretty often, but almost never enough to draw blood. It's mostly when I'm stressed. Your chewing sounds pretty intense/painful. . . maybe you should always have gum with you, to chew instead?


I go through 1/2 pack of Orbit a day on average...I'm a chewaholic. I always say I want to stop, and will for a couple days maybe, but then I'll start doing it out of nowhere & not even realize I've chewed it all up for 10 minutes. I don't always make it bleed...but it generally makes it painful to eat things like vinegar on salads, citrus etc...

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 Post subject: Re: Poll: Do you chew your inner lip?
PostPosted: Mon Oct 25, 2010 8:09 pm 
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I chew my mouth all the time. Never until it bleeds, though.

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I chew my inner jaw. I don't always realize I'm doing it until it bleeds.

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 25, 2010 8:22 pm 
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i don't chew the inside of my mouth, i chew my lips especially if they are chapped

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I tend to chew on whatever I can when I'm stressed and will chew my tongue, lip and cheek til they bleed. I also do this when nervous or really tired, or scared from a movie or something. So almost constantly but I'll go weeks without chewing.

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 25, 2010 9:00 pm 
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I chew on my cheeks a lot, rarely to the point of bleeding though. Once I had a dream where I was chewing my cheek and bit through- EWWW. Now whenever I do bite enough to draw blood I think about that horrifying possibility.


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 Post subject: Re: Poll: Do you chew your inner lip?
PostPosted: Mon Oct 25, 2010 9:10 pm 
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I voted other, because I don't chew on the inside of my mouth/cheek, but I chew/pick at my lips CONSTANTLY. It's part nervous habit, part stress, and just part compulsive thing I do all the time for no reason. Sometimes I even do it in my sleep and wake up with dried blood on my lips. When they get super raw and chewed up I like to put peroxide on them. It's gross. I am gross.

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 25, 2010 9:16 pm 
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I usually do it when I am stressed but for some reason while reading this I started. So I guess now it is when I am stressed and someone puts the idea in my head.

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 Post subject: Re: Poll: Do you chew your inner lip?
PostPosted: Mon Oct 25, 2010 9:25 pm 
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didnt know people did this. i did have a mucocele once tho! for a whole year.


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 Post subject: Re: Poll: Do you chew your inner lip?
PostPosted: Tue Oct 26, 2010 5:31 am 
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I've done this for as long as I can remember! And I have raised scars everywhere my teeth can reach (can't see these from the outside, not as horrific as it sounds). It's compulsive, and I can't stop! I only nibble a little most of the time, but when I'm stressed I bite big chunks of skin from the inside of my mouth. I've been doing this so long that I've lost all nerve endings or something... ok, wow, I didn't realize how gross this was until I described it!

That bit about cell overgrowth and cancer, that scares me. When I was in high school, a random woman who saw me chewing my cheek at the mall came up to me and warned me that I should stop because her sister got mouth cancer that way. I didn't pay attention to crazy ladies at the mall back then, and there was no Internet 16 years ago, but now I'm going to google that.

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 26, 2010 5:36 am 
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I never notice that I chew on my cheeks until I remember to put my bite guard in at night and realize it irritates the areas I've been chewing.

And leukoplakia always reminds me of Lucas. RIP, Haimster!

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 26, 2010 6:41 am 
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I voted 'other' because I think I've only done it since reading this thread!


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 26, 2010 7:18 am 
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crepe, I really meant to not do it today, but I just sat here on the CPU lookin at stuff before work, and realized I've been chewing it for 10 minutes. No more!!

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I chew the inside of my mouth if someone points out i'm excessively picking at my fingers. Or pulling at my hair.


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I'd say I chew my cheek sometimes, when stressed, accidently. I do pick at my cuticles however.

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 26, 2010 9:30 am 
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Ugh, I do it all the time. I almost never draw blood, and when I do I'm appalled. It is defiintely anxiety/stress-induced, and I am a ridiculously nervous/anxious person.

I pick apart my lips, too. I became a lip-balm addict not because my lips were chapped, but because wearing lip balm makes me stop attacking the outside of my mouth.

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My friend's doctor told her that lip- and cheek-chewing happens mostly when you're a little dehydrated.

And I totally do it.


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 26, 2010 3:59 pm 
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i chew my cheeks all the time. it's gross. i hate it. also, it makes me make ridiculous faces, so. double whammy.

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