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Apr
22

Are Your Teeth Giving You a Headache?

Posted in Mouth Guards

We all know that headaches are, well, a pain but did you know that your frequent and recurring headaches or migraines may actually be a result of grinding and clenching your teeth at night?

If you have one or more severe headache a month, and your physician has ruled out other possible causes, you should speak to your dentist.  Many headache sufferers are actually nighttime tooth grinders, and treatment is actually fairly simple.

Grinding and clenching your teeth can cause muscle contraction and constriction resulting in tension and migraine headaches.  This consistent grinding at night can also wear down your larger teeth, and place you at risk for broken and cracked teeth, and tooth surface damage.

One way to help correct tooth grinding is by using the NTI night guard.  Teeth, muscles and joints are protected by reducing the force of the grinding substantially.  This reduction in force in the jaw area results in fewer and less severe headaches for many individuals. The NTI night guard is a soft, custom made bite guard that fits over an area in your mouth.  It is worn only at night, and has been approved by the FDA to help treat migraine headaches caused by teeth grinding.

This bite guard is designed to only cover the front teeth.  While many bite guards cover the entire teeth surface, some studies have shown that this may actually increase tooth grinding, as there is a good surface to bite into.  The NTI night guard is designed to eliminate this pressure by placing the guard in the front of your mouth only.  This placement makes design easier, and requires less time that you need to spend at the dentist.

If you have frequent headaches, contact your dentist to discuss the possibility that you may grind your teeth.  Pain and headache free days may be just around the corner for you!

Posted on behalf of Justin Scott

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