The Root Cause of Your Headache Pain

There is nothing worse than experiencing a mind-numbing headache that pierces your skull making it impossible to ignore.  Most likely when this happens you reach for the aspirin bottle and/or find a quiet place to shut your eyes with the hope that your headache pain will just go away soon. You probably never give much thought to what is causing the headache and pain rather you are focused on treating the pain so you can get on with your daily life.

Did you know that if you grind your teeth, you are three times more likely to suffer from headaches than those who do not. Bruxism, (the medical term for teeth grinding) is a condition characterized by excessively rubbing both tooth surfaces across one another, or clenches -- defined by tightly holding top and bottom teeth together.  It is a common disorder that affects men and women, adults and children, as well as every race and socio-economic level.  

Unfortunately, most people don't realize that they have bruxism and therefore never make the connection between teeth grinding and what is causing their headache pain. But if you think about it, the correlation makes a lot of sense because the jaw is capable of exerting more than 250 pounds of force when clenching, it is possible this extreme force can lead to temporomandibular joint pain (TMJ) that, in turn, can cause persistent and nagging headaches. The temporomandibular joints are flexible joints found on each side your head in front of your ear, connecting your lower jaw to the temporal bone of the skull.  Excessive clenching which generally occurs when you are sleeping, puts pressure on the joints and as a result can cause pain in the head, neck and face.

Even though the exact cause of bruxism is still not fully understood, most experts agree that stress is a trigger and teeth grinding is a subconscious attempt by the human body to decrease stress levels. In addition, genetics and other factors such as alcohol, caffeine, nicotine and certain medications can also play a role. When left untreated, bruxism can result in not only nagging headaches but other health issues including neck and jaw pains, tinnitus, and earaches as well as a range of other symptoms including permanent damage to the teeth and gums. Once you have determined you are a teeth grinder, it important to seek treatment immediately in order to reduce your pain and prevent further damage.

What can be done?

While there is no medication currently available to treat bruxism, wearing a dental grind guard is recommended by dental experts to protect your teeth and provide noticeable relief from the frequency and severity of your headache pain and other consequences of bruxism.

Wearing a dental guard helps prevent the upper and lower teeth from coming into contact with each other, thus protecting the tooth enamel from rubbing together, preventing the negative consequences created by bruxism.  These devices are removable and generally worn only when needed (i.e., at night or while sleeping).  

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