Many people all over the world suffer from migraines. It's actually pretty common for adults to suffer a migraine at least every couple of months.
Though it's common, having a migraine can be debilitating and make you want to sit in a dark room and do nothing until it goes away. Many people who suffer from regular migraines may reach for a bottle of pain medicine, however, constant migraines can be a symptom of something wrong inside your oral cavity.
It may seem strange that a migraine could be related to your teeth, but it's possible. Many people suffer from constant headaches due to a condition called bruxism. Bruxism is the dental term for teeth grinding. The constant grinding of the teeth can cause headaches.
What makes bruxism so bad is that it not only puts your teeth at risk, but also it puts your jaw muscles at risk. This is because constant pressure on your teeth stresses the jaw muscles. People who suffer from long-term bruxism typically have a condition called TMD, which is an inflation of the jaw muscles.
Is There a Way to Stop Teeth Grinding?
Depending on your situation, there are a few options to stop teeth grinding. If you grind your teeth during the day, it's possible to train yourself to stop biting down as often. Many people are able to overcome their teeth grinding habit by using a stress ball or taking the time to relax throughout the day to relieve stress. However, teeth grinding can occur at night. In this case, many people don't even know they grind their teeth. Fortunately, we can give you a mouth guard to reduce the effects of teeth grinding.
Besides migraines, teeth grinding has damaging effects on your oral health. People who grind their teeth are at risk of chipping or breaking teeth, so it needs to be addressed as soon as possible. If you're struggling with teeth grinding, we can help. Give our office a call, and we can set up an appointment to find a solution for you.