Did you know that some headaches may actually be caused by dental issues? Dr. Nichole Cauwels and Dr. Kendra Zuercher, your Sioux Falls dentists, explain how dental treatment can help end painful headaches.
What types of dental issues can cause headaches?
Both grinding and clenching your teeth can lead to headaches. When you grind or clench, the muscles in your jaw become tight, which can cause headaches. Those tension headaches you keep getting may not be tension headaches at all, but might occur because you grind or clench your teeth.
How can I tell if I grind or clench?
Since grinding or clenching occurs while you sleep, you may not be aware that you do it. Ask a family member if he or she has ever noticed either of these behaviors while you sleep. Signs that you may be a grinder or a clencher include:
- Worn tooth enamel
- Chipped, loose or fractured teeth
- Jaw pain
- Tooth sensitivity
- Tight jaw muscles
What causes the problem?
Stress is one of the most common reasons people grind or clench their teeth. The problem can also occur if you have a bite issue, or drink or use substances that contain stimulants, such as tobacco, caffeine, alcohol or illegal drugs.
How can my Sioux Falls dentist help?
Your dentist may suggest that you wear a special nightguard called an occlusal guard. This custom-made night guard keeps your teeth from making contact with each other and helps protect your jaw joints from the strong forces you generate when you grind or clench your teeth.
If your dentist thinks that a bite issue is to blame for your problem, she might remove a small amount of enamel from a tooth that’s coming in contact with another tooth, recommend braces, or suggest that you replace any missing teeth to keep your teeth from shifting and affecting your bite.
Are your tired of dealing with headache pain?
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.