If you have a headache or migraine, quite often the first port of call is the medicine cabinet for pain relief or a visit to the doctor. However, if it occurs regularly, you might consider seeing a dentist as the cause might be lying inside your mouth.
Most dental headaches are classified as “tension” headaches, and are the result of muscular tension that builds up in the region of the face and jaw or simply called the “bad bite”. The other two issues that might cause this so called dental headache are Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) Disorder and Bruxism. TMJ is a neuromuscular jaw condition caused by an imbalanced bite. When the joint causes pressure to be put on the nerves muscles and blood vessels that pass near the head, the result can be headaches and migraines, a condition that affects one in seven people in the UK. Bruxism is excessive teeth-grinding and jaw clenching. Other causes of your headache might also be because of cavities, infection or an abscess.
Headaches can be very disturbing for many people and can affect your daily routine and mood. People may act angrily at things and sometimes people who don’t know your suffering might misunderstand you. It makes you less productive as it can be a bothersome condition.
There are treatments a dentist can provide that can often help with headaches and migraines.
It is also important to see your doctor or optician to ensure there is not another underlying problem causing the symptoms .
So next time you have a headache, you don’t need to put up with it and a visit to the dentist might be the best option for you.