Last word on dental headaches
If you suffer from frequent headaches but can’t determine the cause, mention it to us, as headaches can sometimes be the result of bruxism, or teeth grinding.
Teeth grinding affects a great number of people unknowingly, as it usually occurs during sleep. You may be clenching your jaw while grinding your upper and lower sets of teeth. Unless your grinding is keeping someone else up, you may not even be aware that you’re doing it until the telltale effects show on your teeth. Left untreated, it could lead to painful, sensitive or loose teeth, or teeth that are literally worn down, leaving damaged surfaces. It can result in a tight or sore jaw, and can also manifest itself as a headache, earache or neck pain. The high pressure from bruxism can even fracture teeth and crack fillings.
Make sure you mention your headaches and sore muscles to us at your next visit. We may suggest a special mouthguard to wear at night, to intercept the damage that your teeth are inflicting on each other.