Headaches, The Dental Connection

Woman  with  headaches

Headaches are a common health concern with many possible causes. Headaches, tension headaches and neck aches are a real problem in our society. Headaches are not normal. Unfortunately, it may be difficult to determine why they are happening for this reason. Since they can derive from more than just one health condition, it is helpful to have a professional consultation with one of our Dentists in Morton Grove. By conducting a special dental exam, the doctors at ProCare Family Dental offer help for patients who are troubled by consistent headaches. 

One of the possible causes of headaches is related to oral health issues, which may stem from your mouth or jaw, such as  temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder. TMJ disorder occurs when the joints that connect your jaw to the skull create pain. The more you chew food or grind your teeth, the more pressure you put on your jaw bone and muscles. In some cases, the discomfort can travel to the skull and trigger a mild migraine. 

Another cause of TMJ disorder is unintentionally clenching or grinding your teeth while you are sleeping. Learning to manage stress may help you as this can cause damaging behavior like grinding and clenching to develop, even if it is on an unconscious level. Although you may be confused as to which one caused the other, the most noteworthy factor is the ongoing and incessant pain you are experiencing that is likely impacting your daily life. Waking with a headache or neck ache is often very diagnostic of the fact that you’ve been clenching or grinding at night.

Reasons why People clench or grind their teeth:

1. Sleep disordered breathing – The most common cause of clenching and grinding, this means you are not breathing as well as you should while you are asleep. This not only results in a less restful sleep but also causes you to clench or grind your teeth.

2. Pain – A cycle of pain can cause clenching of the jaws, which perpetuates soft tissue lesions and results in muscular and neurological pain. e.g. headaches or neck aches.

3. Emotional Stress – The pressures of our everyday social, family and working lives, together with postural and nutritional stresses, place strain on the body.

4. Nutritional Stress – Deficiencies or the use of stimulants like caffeine, alcohol or some prescription and recreational drugs can lead to teeth grinding or clenching.

Contact our team at ProCare Family Dental to schedule an appointment. Call or email us to book a convenient time and we will be happy to meet with you to discuss this matter further. Call us at 847-965-6223

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