Headaches May Be Caused By Poor Bite

Friday, June 10th, 2011, 1:41 pm

More people complain about headaches than any other medical condition. About 45 million Americans suffer from headaches each year robbing them of time at work, school or with their families. Attempting to discover the reason for the headaches often leads to many visits to physicians and specialists without receiving a diagnosis.

Continual headaches or migraines, especially in the morning, may be a sign of temporomandibular joint dysfunction or TMJ. The temporomandibular joint (jaw joint) is one of the most complex in the human body. A common cause of TMJ pain is a poor bite which is also called malocclusion.

Malocclusion can occur for many reasons. Teeth may not fit together properly because of old, broken dental work, misaligned teeth or missing teeth. A dentist who has specialized training has the ability to correct the improper bite and relieve stress on the temporomandibular joint. This relieves the recurring headaches and the neck and shoulder pain that often accompany them.

If you suffer from frequent, recurring headaches please contact Wilbanks Smile Center today at 706-886-9439. Relief from headache pain is within reach.

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One Response to “Headaches May Be Caused By Poor Bite”

  1. Momo May 21st, 2012, 11:53 am

    The dentist made a mouth guard for my nehepw. He ground his teeth so hard at night that he could be heard without even going into his room. No one ever figured out a way to help him stop, we just protected his teeth and jaw as best as we could. He started at age 3 also. He is now 16. His jaw was hurting a while back and his mother decided to take him to the dentist. I asked him if he was still grinding his teeth; he of course did not know what he did in his sleep. He went to a dentist about the jaw problem and she did not see any signs of grinding his teeth. I guess he outgrew it.We did quite a bit of research at the time (13 years ago) and could find nothing to help him stop. The custom made mouth guard was the best we could do. It seems to have worked as there is not any damage showing now. BTW, watch your son during the day and see if he clenches his jaw. If so, you can remind him to stop and relax his jaw. Good luck to you.

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