Headaches are nothing new for Americans. A look around your local drug store will reveal many different brands of pain relievers with specific varieties to treat different types of headaches. From a general headache, a sinus headache, an allergy related headache, to migraines there is a different medication for each type. Many people, however, don’t want medication to be their only option, and even more have found that they have taken meds for their headaches for so long that they are no longer as effective as they used to be. What many people don’t know is that often a dental issue is the root cause of their chronic headaches and that drug free headache prevention may be as close as their dentist’s office.
Many people are not aware that they have a malocclusion, or “bad bite.” This means that a person’s jaw is not properly aligned. When the jaw is out of alignment, it can put an increased pressure on one side of the jaw. Even a slight misalignment can cause significant headaches, and for those who are unaware that they have a bad bite they are treating their headache pain but not the root issue. By correcting the issue of a bad bite many headaches can be relieved and prevented.
Grinding and clenching of the teeth can also cause chronic headaches. Often, people are unaware that they grind or clinch their teeth because it is done while they sleep. A dentist knows the tell-tale signs of teeth grinding and clenching and can help diagnose patients of this habit. For most people whose headaches stem from grinding and clenching, they find a great solution to their chronic headaches in the form of custom mouth guards.
If you suffer from chronic headaches and are tired of taking pill after pill to mask the pain, make an appointment with your dentist. Instead of treating the symptoms, let your dentist offer a drug free solution.
Posted on behalf of Dr. David Janash, Park South Dentistry
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