Here it is again–a nagging headache or migraine. Why do you frequently have to suffer from this discomfort? That is a common question people continue to ask and sometimes it can be linked to an underlying oral health issue. That’s right. If you suffer from headaches, it is actually important to visit your dentist for a proper consultation. That is because your headaches or migraines might be linked to your bite. Let’s take a look at why this might be the case. 

The connection between your bite and headache

When muscles are held tight for too long and begin to ache, this can lead to tension-type headaches. If a headache is caused from dental stress, it is a type of muscle tension headache. This might occur on one or both sides of your head. It can even surround your head. Either way you look at it you’re going to feel uncomfortable.

The next time you experience a headache and are not sure if it is caused by your bite, think of these signs:

  • Pain behind the eyes.
  • Sore jaw muscles or tired muscles upon waking.
  • Teeth grinding or bruxism.
  • Clicking or popping jaw joints.
  • Head and/or scalp that is painful to the touch.

Muscles that control the movement of your jaw and hold your head upright are very complex. What many people don’t realize is that every time they swallow, their upper and lower teeth must come together in a firm way to brace the jaw against the skill. 

We swallow more than 2,000 times every day and night. If your bite is unstable, as from poorly aligned teeth or even a missing tooth, the muscles must work harder to bring your teeth together. This is why it is important to seek dental care immediately.

Unlike how we take a vacation to have a break from work when we feel worn out, our jaw muscles never get a break. Without a break, though, your overworked muscles will become strained, which can be painful. 

Contact Dr. Sara at Pinnacle Peak Family Dentistry to learn more and find out if your headaches might be from your bite.