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how to stop pencil chewing habit....

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kerrymumbles Wed 30-Nov-11 10:38:57

ds1 (just 13) chews the rubbers and metal bits off ends of pencils. He is going to ruin his teeth. He's been doing it for some time now. Last time I found chewed pencils I removed ALL pencils from house, threw out chewed ones and said, if I find another chewed one there will be serious trouble. That was a year or so ago. this morning dh finds the metal bit chewed up on the carpet. i investigate pencils (there are millions around the house) and a fair few of them chewed to bits.


i have removed ALL pencils again. Could really use advice on how to deal with this. I have explained ad naseum to him how damaging it is to his teeth, etc.

AMumInScotland Wed 30-Nov-11 10:48:19

You can get vile-tasting nail varnish to stop nail-biting. Maybe that would help?

Or stop buying pencils with rubbers on the end. Ordinary wooden ones are less likely to damage his teeth.

But it's hard to stop someone if they don't actually want to stop a habit. Does he agree with you that it's a problem? Or does he just say "Yes mum" to get you to shut up and then forget about it?

seeker Wed 30-Nov-11 10:51:26

Is it damaging to his teeth?

zandy Wed 30-Nov-11 11:04:58

Buy pencils without rubbers on the end, and then sharpen both ends of th pencil.

kerrymumbles Wed 30-Nov-11 11:08:34

MIS- that's exactly what he says.

it IS damaging enamel on his teeth. dentist observed damaged enamel. i thought it due to grinding.


good idea. will throw out all pencils with rubbers and only buy non-rubbered ones. the rubbered ones were cheap which is why i bought them. buggers never even sharpen them. just get new ones (think both ds actually chew but ds1 the main culprit)

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