Headaches and Teeth : Understanding the Link and Stopping the Pain

Headaches and Teeth | Understanding the Link

The answer to your ongoing headaches could be on the tip of your tongue. Headaches and teeth have more to do with each other than you think. Find relief here.

More than 15% of people in the United States complain about migraines or severe headaches.

If this sounds like you, you may have tried almost everything to get them to stop. But did you know that the problem could be related to your teeth? Headaches and teeth problems often go hand-in-hand.

Read on to learn how solving your teeth issues could also give your relief from headaches and migraines.

What Triggers Dental Headaches?

Believe it or not, but frequent headaches are often treated more effectively by dentists instead of GPs.

Frequent headaches can impact your quality of life. Most of the time, dental headaches are known as tension headaches, due to the tension building up in your jaw and face. There are a couple of causes of this tension:

A Bad Bite

Often, this tension is due to a bad bite. A bad bite means that your teeth don't meet properly when they're pressed together and your mouth is closed.

Many different things can cause a bad bite, including wisdom teeth or previous orthodontics and dentistry. When you have a bad bite, your jaw muscles are constantly overcompensating for the imbalance, which results in pain radiating through your head.

Teeth Grinding

This is also known as Bruxism. If you're constantly waking up with headaches and teeth tension, you could be grinding your teeth while sleeping. This means your face muscles are continually working out and aren't getting any rest.

Teeth grinding can also happen during the day, and can be caused by a number of things, including stress, anxiety, exhaustion, or sleeping disorders like sleep apnea.

Some habits like tobacco, caffeine, and alcohol can also make it more likely that you'll grind your teeth.

Temporomandibular Joint Disorder

TMJD usually occurs when the muscles surrounding the jaw and the mechanism of the jaw itself has problems. Most of the time this is due to an injury which could be anything from sports trauma to whiplash. Even a period of having your mouth open too wide or for too long when you were getting dental work could trigger TMJD.

If you often experience clicking and popping in your jaw, you'll need to get checked out by your dentist.

How Can You Stop Headaches and Teeth Problems?

The following symptoms could be signs that your headaches are caused by your teeth:

  • Clicking and popping in your jaw
  • Frequent headaches
  • Head pain first thing in the morning
  • A changed bite
  • Impacted wisdom teeth
  • Teeth grinding and tension

The first step is to get in touch with your dentist. If you haven't had your wisdom teeth taken out, removing these could help- particularly if they're impacted or if they've changed your bite.

If you tend to grind your teeth, your dentist will be able to create a custom mold that you can wear at night to protect your teeth and joints.

Wrapping up

There's no need to suffer from nasty headaches and migraines. Often these symptoms are caused by dental issues, so get in touch to learn how we can help, or make an appointment today to learn more.

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