Have you ever thought about how your headache or migraines might be linked to your teeth? TMJ, teeth grinding and clenching!

This week is Headache and Migraine Awareness Week by Headache Australia.

Headache Australia is an organisation that supports more than 5 million Australians who are affected by headaches and migraines. We want to support Headache and Migraine Awareness Week.  We would like to show how dentists might be able to relieve some of your pain.

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Headache and Migraines – You are not alone

Almost all people will experience at least some type of headache in their lifetime.

According to Migraine Trust, about 1 in 7 people have migraines and it is the third most common disease in the world. Approximately 20% of Australians suffer from migraines at some stage in their lives. Headache Australia suggests migraines are most common around 35-45 year olds. 

Why would my headaches/migraines have anything to do with my teeth?

Did you know that your teeth and jaw could be the cause of your headaches and migraines!  

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In your jaw the Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is a joint that connects your jaw to your skull in front of the ear. When these joints in the jaw do not align, this can cause too much pressure on your jaw muscles and as a result can often lead to headaches and migraines.
Bruxism or teeth grinding can also be a possible contribution to headaches and migraines. Generally when an individual has a habit of grinding their teeth they will most likely do this while they are asleep. Teeth grinding can cause muscle spasms and an inflammatory reaction that can be painful and can contribute to headaches or migraines.

A clenched jaw or constant biting can put too much pressure on the joint muscles in one’s jaw which could lead to a painful jaw. 

Teeth grinding or clenching are habits that are often diagnosed in patients who have TMJ pain. 

Who can help?

An appointment at Dr Finkelstein’s Dental surgery could help evaluate your bite and check for possible signs of dental issues related to your migraines and headaches. Call us on 9262 7778, we are always happy to help. There are measures that can be put in place such as occlusal splints to combat the pain associated with TMJ. There is no need to be in pain.

Previous studies have indicated that up to 50% of  migraine sufferers are not diagnosed. If you are suffering from a headache or migraine please consult your doctor for advice. They may be able to provide measures in how to manage or improve your headaches and migraines. 

For more information on headaches and migraines please see https://headacheaustralia.org.au/