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Are Frequent Headaches Related to Dental Health?

HomeBruxismAre Frequent Headaches Related to Dental Health?

woman sitting on a couch holding her head with a dental related headache

Do you suffer from frequent headaches? You might assume that a regular doctor should pinpoint the cause and offer advice, but your headaches may be related to a dental problem. There are three main causes of dental headaches: tooth infections, teeth grinding, and TMJ disorder.

Tooth Infections

Tooth decay is the most common cause of tooth infections. Symptoms include temperature sensitivity, swelling and tenderness, and pain when you chew. You might also experience a headache on the same side as the infected tooth. Regular appointments with our team and great oral health at home prevent tooth decay.

Teeth Grinding

Officially known as “bruxism,” teeth grinding is when you clench or grind your teeth. The stress of this action can cause headaches, as well as worn and damaged teeth. In severe cases, teeth grinding can even cause migraines. To address this problem, you might need a special mouthguard that’s worn at night.

TMJ Disorder

You have two temporomandibular joints on either side of your face. These connect your jawbone to your skull. TMJ disorder occurs when your jaw becomes misaligned. Almost 20 million Americans get headaches related to a TMJ disorder. The pain can be located on one or both sides of the temple, as well as in the neck, shoulders, and jaw. Women are more likely than men to get TMJ headaches. At our office, we’ll create a personalized treatment plan that can include oral appliance therapy.

Headache Treatments at Edgewater Dental Arts

Headaches have a variety of triggers. Many people aren’t aware that their teeth might be the source. If you experience frequent headaches, a tooth infection, grinding your teeth, or TMJ disorder might be the reason. At Edgewater Dental Arts, we can relieve your pain by treating the cause. If you have any questions about our services and how we treat headaches, please contact us today!

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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.