How Your Dentist Can Help Your Headaches

Dealing with tension headaches? Your Sioux Falls, SD dentists can help!

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Did you know that about one in eight American adults suffers from persistent headaches? And if you’ve ever had to deal with headaches before, you know how it can affect your day-to-day life.

If you deal with severe or recurrent tension headaches, it’s time you found out how your Sioux Falls, SD dentists Dr. Nichole Cauwels and Dr. Kendra Zuercher can treat your condition.

Sometimes dental issues, particularly bite problems, go hand-in-hand with tension headaches. After all, these types of headaches often come about as a result of muscles contracting or straining for long periods of time, causing them to feel achy. You may experience these types of headaches on only one side or both sides. Some symptoms that may prove that your headaches are related to dental problems include:

  • Pain behind the eyes
  • A head that is sore or tender to the touch
  • Teeth grinding
  • Sore jaw muscles
  • A clicking sound when opening or closing the jaws

Common dental problems responsible for these types of headaches include:

  • A tired bite
  • A muscular imbalance
  • Referred pain (that originates at the cheeks or jaw joints)

If your symptoms are warning you that your headaches could be the result of a dental issue, then it’s time to contact your Sioux Falls general dentists for care. When you come in for treatment, we will examine your mouth, jaw joints and muscles to pinpoint whether there is too much stress being placed on these areas. If this is the case, our goal is to correct your bite problems to reduce the number of headaches you experience. Common treatment options include:

  • Stretching and strengthening exercises for the jaw muscles
  • Physical therapy
  • Relaxation techniques or meditation to reduce tension and stress
  • Wearing a bite splint or mouth guard
  • Orthodontics (to correct a bite misalignment)

Don’t let tension headaches affect your quality of life. Call our Sioux Falls Dental Office today and schedule your next six-month routine visit so we can talk about whether your headaches are due to any of the issues above. Experience the headache relief you deserve when you turn to Designer Dentistry & Smiles.

Dental Injury

Oh no my child fell and knocked a tooth out!  Would you know what to do if your child knocked a tooth out?

dental-injuryIf you can find the tooth it’s best to put it right back in. If the tooth is covered in dirt very gently rinse it off first. The sooner you can put the tooth back in the better chance you have of saving it. Also having the tooth back in place will help stop any bleeding. It’s important to keep the cells on the roots surface alive. If you can’t re implant the tooth the next best thing is to keep the tooth wet with saliva. Milk or save-a-tooth solution are a next best alternative. The bleeding will stop usually on its own or it can be aided by having the child bite on a Lipton tea bag. Once a blood clot has formed in the socket it will be very difficult even for a dentist to get the tooth back in place. There are only two ways to put the tooth in the right way and 180 degrees rotated. If you’re not sure which way is correct have someone google pictures of teeth to help you match it up. There is a very high chance that the tooth will die and further dental work will be needed but it is still best to try and get the tooth back in place with in 15-20 minutes.

Call our Sioux Falls Dental Office to make an appointment with a dentist who may be able to help you find out more about this topic, and improve your oral health.