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Migraines May Come from Oral Health Problems

Posted on 7/20/2019 by Matt Aldridge DDS
Migraines May Come from Oral Health ProblemsMigraines are a serious health issue. They can range from minor headaches to severe and debilitating pain. Anyone that suffers from recurring migraines should try to find a solution. The key to finding the solution to migraines is figuring out the cause. For some people, the cause of their migraines may lie in their oral health. There are some oral health problems where migraines are one of the symptoms.

Migraines and Bruxism

Many people suffer from bruxism or teeth grinding without even realizing it. The way they discover the problem is because they start to recognize the symptoms. This is because they grind their teeth while they sleep. They may not even realize it happens. Some of the symptoms involve broken or damaged teeth, but another symptom is migraines.

The grinding of the teeth while they sleep creates pressure on the jaw and teeth. This pressure radiates to other areas and can lead to the migraines. The treatment for this involves the use of mouthguards or other appliances that help relieve the pressure. Damage to the teeth can also cause pain that leads to migraines. Fixing the teeth and treating the bruxism can help stop the migraines.

TMJ and Migraines

Another oral health issue that can lead to migraines is Temporomandibular Joint Disorder. This involves the joint and muscles that connect the jaw to the skull. If they are not aligned properly or if there is a problem with the muscles, it can lead to pain that includes migraines. Like the issues with teeth grinding that leads to migraines, the pain from TMJ can radiate to other areas that lead to the migraines. The solution to the migraines is found in the treatment of the TMJ.

Migraines are not something to ignore and hope they go away. If the root of the migraine is found in a problem with oral health, the solution is possible. It is a matter of recognizing the real cause of the migraine.

For more information about this or any other oral health issue, contact our office to schedule an appointment.
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