If you are suddenly experiencing routine and intense headaches that you’ve never noticed before it is important to be screened for a variety of health conditions. New headaches are often no cause for alarm and can usually be attributed to stress, lack of sleep, hormonal imbalances, etc. However, it is important to rule out other scenarios – including oral health conditions – any time you experience regular headaches.
Your teeth are actually tied to several nerves and muscles inside your skull. These muscles allow you to eat, speak and even sleep painlessly. As these muscles face overuse and other conditions they can cause dull or even sharp headaches. This can also be a symptom of TMJ, a jaw disorder that can be treated with physical therapy, medication or in extreme cases, surgery.
In order to prevent the headaches that can accompany dental conditions and TMJ your dentist may advise the use of a special mouthguard to prevent clenching of the jaw during sleep.
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