We all know the symptoms of a headache. That pulsing pain behind your eyes… the stiff, throbbing neck – and of course the vise-like tightening around your head. But people often don’t know that many headaches are really symptoms of dental health problems.
Some of the most common culprits are:
- Muscle spasms caused by clenching or grinding the jaws and teeth
- Gum Disease
- Infected or abscessed teeth
- Incorrect alignment of the jaw (also known as TMJ Syndrome)
Treatment of dental related headaches is usually fairly simple. Your dentist can diagnose gum disease or identify dental infections that may be triggering headaches. Custom-fitted nightguards will help to protect teeth from the destructive effects of grinding and clenching and will reduce painful muscle tension in the jaw.
Not all headaches start in the mouth. But a visit to your dentist and a thorough examination of your teeth and mouth may help you to discover the mysterious cause of the pounding, pulsing pain in your head.