21 Dec Can Frequent Headaches Signal a Dental Problem?
The origin of a headache can present a mystery that may be resolved with medication, exercise, meditation, or massage. But frequent headaches usually stem from one primary problem, and a visit to the dentist may identify what it is and how to find relief.
Many headaches start at the base of the head, neck, jaw or temples. Usually attributed to stress or tension, relaxation is the key to long term relief.
But with day to day occurrences of job stress, pressure from commuting, providing a comfortable life for the family, and sticking to the daily grind of schedules too busy for most, relaxation is often a luxury that doesn’t fit in. [pullquote]When the body remains stressed, we unconsciously continue to pound away by clenching or grinding teeth during sleep. [/pullquote]
So stress finds a way to manifest itself, and often that occurs during the downtime period of sleep. When the body remains stressed, we unconsciously continue to pound away by clenching or grinding teeth during sleep. Nighttime grinding can become so habitual that daytime grinding and clenching occurs without giving it a conscious thought.
A daily massage would be great, but is impractical. Finding time for daily exercise or meditation would be advantageous, but also is not something you can count on. While medication can work in the short term, it is not to be used as a permanent resolution. So how can we resolve the problems associated with clenching and grinding?
The dentist has an option that is simple, expedient, and does not require any special effort. A mouth guard fabricated specifically for you will allow you to break the cycle of grinding and clenching. The mouth guard is small, comfortable and will fit securely over either the top or bottom of the front teeth.
The mouth guard, also referred to as a bite guard, prevents the back teeth from making contact eliminating nighttime bruxism. Once the body has trained itself not to clench and grind during the night, the daytime grinding usually follows the pattern.
Without the nightly grinding and clenching, the jaw is allowed to relax reducing the tension felt in the neck, head and temples that result in headaches that can last all day.
This simple step can provide long lasting relief from frequent headaches. Schedule an appointment with the office of Dr. Paul Lounsberry and see how truly simple and effective this remedy can be.