Are My Headaches (or Migraines) Caused By My Bite?

added on: July 2, 2019

woman in painIt may seem a little far-fetched at first, but your Sheboygan dentist will tell you that those headaches and even migraines that have been messing with your days and nights could be caused by issues with your dental health.

It’s true and it’s actually one of the reasons why so many Americans still struggle with headache and migraine pain, only to have it masked by powerful, even sometimes addictive pain medication with no real relief ever in sight. Let’s take a look at why talking to your dentist in Sheboygan about your pain could change your entire life.

4 Common Dental-Related Causes of Your Headaches/Migraines

You usually hear about things such as allergies, stress, perfumes, weather, or even loud noises triggering painful headaches or migraines. But what most people don’t realize is that there are dental habits or oral health issues that can contribute to or even worsen your pain.

  1. Bad Bite – Like the title of this blog suggests, a bad bite could be the #1 dental problem causing your headaches and migraines. A bad bite is defined by having loose, missing, misaligned, or sore teeth. It’s not uncommon for issues such as these to have consequences somewhere else in your body or mouth. When your bite is off,  your jaw muscles have to pick up the slack and work harder to avoid constant constraint when you simply want to close your mouth or swallow something. 
  2. Clenching – When you’re constantly clenching your teeth (whether you know it or not) your temporomandibular joint (TMJ) can become sore and you might even notice a clicking sound when you’re trying to talk or chew. And what else can happen? You guess it: headache and migraine pain. Side effects include:
  • A dull, consistent pain behind your eyes
  • Pain in your temples
  • Tender, sensitive teeth
  • Trouble opening or closing your mouth
  • Indents in your tongue
  1. Bruxism – Bruxism or tooth grinding is similar to clenching in that you might not even be aware that you’re doing it, especially while you’re asleep. This repeated motion affects your jaw joints and ultimately your head too. Bruxism can spell bad news for your teeth too, leading to breakage, failing fillings, cracked crowns, and chipped teeth.
  2. Tooth Decay – Sometimes we mistake headaches or even migraine pain for an oral infection. Like we said before, when you’re teeth are breaking down or deteriorated this is going to affect how your bite as a whole and can be a root cause of painful headaches and migraines. 

We hope you’ve learned something about how your bite and your teeth can be directly related to your uncomfortable, recurring headaches and migraines. That’s why it’s important to schedule a visit with our Sheboygan dental office for a consultation. We can assess your smile and your symptoms to find out what kind of a solution best suits you. 

Stop ignoring the warning signs and simply masking your headaches and migraine pain with medication. We’re here to help you get out of pain once and for all without hassle or judgement. Take some time and talk to us today.