QUESTION: i chrew on the inside of my cheek all the time, even if i dont realize it. is this habit harmful to my health? and what causes the intense chewing ? also when i chew at it i dont feel any pain at all.
ANSWER: This is one of the many variations of picking, biting, and chewing habits. The variety of causes and treatment approaches are pretty much the same for all of them. It is hard to say at what level it becomes a health risk, Ask your local doctor. You may not feel pain as you are in an inadvertent hypnotic trance state. Some people have had major surgery with no anesthetic in these states!
Ted A. Grossbart, Ph.D., Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA