Headaches are one of the most common health complaints and while most of the time, you can ease the pain with an over the counter painkiller, if you have chronic headaches, this may start to affect your day to day life. Headaches are commonly caused by dehydration and they can also result from stress or problems with your vision, but if you suffer headaches in addition to earache or tooth or jaw pain, your headaches may be linked to issues with your jaw joint.
One possible cause of headaches is teeth grinding, also known as bruxism. Grinding the teeth damages the biting surfaces of the teeth and it can also contribute to stiffness in and around the jaw and restricted movement in the temporomandibular joint, which connects the skull to the lower jaw. Many people clench their teeth during the night so they are unaware that they do it until somebody else tells them, but there are ways of preventing teeth grinding and one method is to wear a protective guard during the night.
Orthodontic problems can also contribute to jaw pain and the best course of action may be to research braces; your dentist can help you to explore options and determine whether treatment may benefit you in the long-term. Fixing broken crowns or replacing a damaged veneer could also have benefits.
Persistent headaches can have a significant impact on daily life and seeing your dentist could help to relieve aches and stiffness and ensure that you start every day free from pain.