How your Dentist can Break the Cycle of Headaches

bruxismMillions of Americans complain of frequent headaches, and many of those with chronic pain rely on tension-relieving medication just to be able to get through the day. A headache can make it difficult to concentrate on work or to enjoy your time off. If you have been struggling to regain a greater sense of comfort, you may be interested to know that your headache problem is not all in your head; it just may be in your jaw.

Bruxism and Headaches
Bruxism is the condition of grinding and clenching the jaw. Many people do this unconsciously, either when they are awake or when they are asleep. If you’re not sure if you clench in your sleep, ask yourself how your jaw and teeth feel in the mornings, or how your head feels. In addition to these symptoms, bruxism can also be identified during a dental exam, producing signs such as excessive wearing down of tooth structure, cracks or chips in teeth, chronic headaches, tooth sensitivity, and even earaches.

How the Jaw and Headaches are Related
It may seem a far-fetched idea that your jaw could be the source of chronic headaches, even migraines; but this is exactly the case for many people. The jaw can exert a great deal of force. When you clench, the joints, muscles, tendons, and nerves are all placed into a state of stress. This stress can translate into pain in other parts of the face, head, and neck.

Finding the Help you Need
There are a variety of reasons why some people grind and clench their teeth. In some cases, unmanaged stress may be the instigator. The problem may also stem from the use of certain medications or a bad bite. In order to minimize the uncomfortable symptoms you may be experiencing, you need to consult with a dentist who can investigate the potential causes. Accuracy is necessary in order to achieve the desired outcome.

Dr. Marshall has received training far beyond what is mandated in dental school. Her continued education at the Las Vegas Institute and other courses enables her to incorporate the latest technologies into the diagnosis of malocclusion and joint disorders, such as the K-7 Evaluation System.

Stop suffering. Get help for chronic jaw or head pain. Call Dr. Marshall’s Ardmore office at (610) 649-0696.

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