Headaches, neck pain and migraines can really take their toll and make day to day life very difficult and unpleasant. If you suffer from aches and pains on a regular basis, there may be an underlying dental cause and we may be able to help.
How are aches and pains related to dental issues?
If you regularly wake up with pain in your jaw or headaches, this may be due to dental issues. One possible cause is bruxism, which is the medical name for teeth grinding. Grinding the teeth can contribute to tooth wear and damage, but it can also increase strain on the facial muscles and the muscles around the jaw and the temporomandibular joint, which links the lower jaw to the skull.
What causes teeth grinding?
Most people who grind their teeth are unaware that they even do it until somebody else tells them because it is a sub-conscious action, which occurs during the night. Often, cases are linked to stress and anxiety and malocclusion can also be a cause. Malocclusion is another name for a bad bite; the bite is the way the top and bottom sets of teeth fit together when the jaw is closed.
How can we help?
If you suffer from jaw pain, headaches, migraines or neck pain as a result of teeth grinding or orthodontic problems, we can help. We often recommend using a bite guard to prevent the teeth from clashing together during the night and we can also offer advice about stress management and relaxation techniques. In the case of orthodontic issues, we can explore the option of orthodontic treatments, which aim to improve the alignment of the teeth.