Headaches are not part of everyday life. Well, they shouldn’t be.
Would it surprise you if we said that headaches combined with oral health could be the issue? That’s right! While there are actually three different types of headaches, there are many factors as to what might cause head pain. However, a dental expert might be your best bet to solve your headache problems and restore normal, pain-free living.
How can my oral health relate to my headaches?
According to Humana, cavities and infections can trigger headaches, but often, cranial pain associated with dental issues are tension headaches. Tension headaches are just what they sound like, tight muscles in the head, neck, or scalp triggers pain. So, tension, or tight muscles, surrounding your jaw can cause you to grind your teeth. Tooth grinding (bruxism) often occurs while sleeping or is sometimes related to stress. However, many people clench or grind their teeth throughout the day also. Regardless, it overworks the jaw muscles, and this is a frequent cause of the jaw disorder known as Temporomandibular joint Dysfunction (TMD). Another contributing factor to the joint pain and headaches is genetics. The shape of your jaw and the type of bite that you inherit from your parents can be a big contributor to this dysfunction. So, some potential answers to these problems are oral splints (mouthpiece), orthodontics, restoration of missing teeth, and many others.
Solutions may come in many forms, but to get started, visiting a TMJ specialist such as Dr. James Lalonde jumps to the top of the list because the definitive diagnosis has to precede the treatment. Dr. Lalonde specializes in all things TMJ and has over 30 years of experience in this area. He’s also done extensive training at several TMD specialty centers, such as the Cleveland Clinic and the Dawson Academy. He’ll start with an extremely thorough and detailed TMJ exam, and from there determine the route to take.
View of life doesn’t have to be through the fog of a headache.