When teeth scrape up against the inside of the cheek, our cells create a protective coating called keratin.In extreme cases, these calloused areas can be surgically treated by your dentist or oral surgeon.While there are other behaviors that are considered to be harmful to the body when practiced compulsively, they fall under the Obsessive-Compulsive Spectrum, Impulse Control Disorder, or triggered by Body Dysmorphic Disorder, or other mental health afflictions instead of being BFRB’s.These behaviors may relieve anxiety in a person but when an external factor is brought into the equation causing it to not be a direct effect of body-to-body contact ( Smoking cigarettes, drinking alcohol, and addictive drugs/ medications all fall under the Addiction category; these are also separate from BFRB’s because they are chemically induced.Scab Eating Disorder: How Trichophagia relates to Trichotillomania is how Dermatillomania coincides with Scab Eating Disorder where a smaller percentage of those who pick their skin finish their picking ritual by eating the piece of skin that is removed from the body.
It is important to speak to your physician or therapist if you are concerned about having any of these BFRBs while keeping in mind the difference between having a habit or having a chronic condition.
Over an extended period of time, this condition can lead to difficulty in chewing and speech.
As the skin thickens and enlarges, the individual may find it increasingly difficult to masticate or opening the mouth wide enough.
This disorder also includes those who compulsively bite their cheeks or their lips which can cause blistering and open wounds.
Some sufferers of Dermatophagia also have Dermatillomania and feel compelled to pick at the healing or calloused skin (with teeth, nails, or “tools”).
Trichophagia: This disorder, often a sub-category of Trichotillomania, is the term for the hair eating disorder.