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These Dental Issues Can Be Causing Your Migraines

HomeBruxismThese Dental Issues Can Be Causing Your Migraines

man holds his head in pain with a migraine headache

If you’re struggling to pinpoint the cause of painful, persistent migraines, it may be time to consider the potential connection to your oral health. In today’s post, we’ll cover some of the most common oral health problems that cause painful headaches.


Do you clench and grind your teeth? A lot of patients who suffer from what is also known as bruxism don’t even know they do it, because they clench and grind while they sleep. Generally caused by stress and anxiety, bruxism can be the cause of very pesky and frustrating headaches. While it’s hard for us to influence what your body does while sleeping, we can mediate the effects of bruxism. We recommend getting professionally fitted for a night guard, which will protect your teeth and muscles from the side effects of clenching and grinding.

Tooth Decay

A tooth ache is often a sure sign of something bad going on in the mouth, but sometimes that pain spreads, causing a persistent headache. Causes of the issue could include a cavity, gum disease, or an infection, all of which you’ll want to address with a dentist right away, before the damage, and pain, are allowed to get even worse.


Known as temporomandibular joint disorder, TMD occurs when you have issues with the joint that connects the jawbone to the skull. When this joint becomes irritated and inflamed, it can lead to pain in that area, and headaches as well. Solutions to TMD include medication, night guard, and physical therapy.

Preventative Care in Edgewater, Maryand

While these problems can be difficult to deal with, the good news is that there are steps you can take to prevent them. Here at Edgewater Dental Arts, we focus on the importance of preventative care. Keep up with your routine visits by visiting our website to make your next appointment.

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John Cutting, DMD is an Annapolis dentist experienced in all aspects of dentistry. He provides complete care from general dentistry to cosmetic and restorative dentistry in his conveniently located and comfortable office, Edgewater Dental Arts.