It may have never occurred to you, but those nagging headaches you’ve been getting recently could be directly linked to a dental problem. In fact, many headaches are caused by problems that only a dentist can treat.
Even just a cavity or a minor infection can trigger a headache. But, usually tension headaches are commonly associated with dental problems. These types of headaches are caused by strained muscles that tighten up around the mouth and jaw. When the headache forms, pain can be felt on one side, or both sides of the head.
Here are a few reasons why your headache might be related to your oral health.
Also known as a bad bite, this phenomenon happens when the chewing surfaces of your teeth do not meet together properly when the jaws are shut.
When your bite is off, even by just a little bit, the muscles have to work harder to chew food or even talk. As a result, the muscles can become strained. Our jaws rarely get rest, which causes the strain to become constant and eventually causing pain.
This pain can be felt in your teeth or jaw. It can even radiate to other sites in your head. The trigeminal nerve, which controls sensation in the face and functions like biting and chewing, is often the cause of this pain.
Even though the problem might have started in your mouth, you may feel pain in your head, such as behind your eyes, in the temples or the forehead. When the muscles in your mouth or head clench, your neck muscles may also contract and may become overworked and painful.
Headache pain can come from grinding your teeth at night. When this happens, it overworks your jaw muscles. It can also be a cause of temporomandibular joint disorders (TMD). These are problems associated with the jaw joint, called TMJ, and are signaled by popping or clicking in the jaw.
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