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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 12-15-2005, 11:16 PM Thread Starter
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Biting the inside of your cheeks

Does anyone bite the inside of their cheeks when they are sleeping or bite their tongues? I noticed that I do this a lot when I am sleeping. Last night I kept on biting my tongue. Does anybody know why I do it?
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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 12-16-2005, 12:15 AM
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Yeah, I do it. There are two long scars running along the insides of both cheeks from where my teeth have gnawed on them over the last 20 years. It must happen in my sleep, since I'm not aware of doing it consciously. Can't say I really do it with my tongue, though I wouldn't worry about any of it unless you're constantly sore or bleeding. It doesn't show on the outside.
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I have those long scars too. But I bite my cheeks when I'm awake as well as when asleep.
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post #4 of 9 (permalink) Old 12-16-2005, 08:38 PM
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I bite my cheeks a lot too while I sleep. I don't think I've ever bitten my tongue while asleep, but I do it by accident while I'm awake on a regular basis.

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I do. It's funny you started a thread on this. For the past few days, I've been biting the inside of my cheek. I stopped for a while before now, but now I can't stop. I keep feeling the taste of... well, how your inner cheek 'tastes' after it's bitten for a while, and I keep biting because of the taste. It's annoying.
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I have a "scar"-like area on the inside of my mouth from biting it too much. I must have gotten it from the bruxism I have as a side-effect of Paxil. Thank goodness it doesn't hurt anymore, but I do remember drawing blood a few times.

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I've been doing that my whole life. I used to think I was the only one who did, because people would sometimes catch me doing it and ask what the hell I was doing.
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I clench my teeth mostly when I sleep,and I think I have TMJ-but anyway I also bite the inside of my mouth and it is sore for days. Just painful and then I accidently bite it during the day because it is swelled.

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I don't even do it in my sleep, I do it awake, out of bordom (although I can't say I've ever scarred myself doing it) I mess around with my hair a occationally as well, for no apparent reason.
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