There are various kinds of headaches that people suffer from, and just as many causes to boot. Lack of nutrition or certain nutrients in your diet, dehydration, hormonal changes, poor posture, abnormalities of internal structures in the head, autoimmune disorders, injury, etc.
There are also a few oral connections to headaches as well. Your teeth position and movement is controlled by a couple of muscles called the temporalis and masseter muscles. The temporalis is a broad fan-shaped muscle on each side of the head covering the temples, and the masseter is the thick, rectangular muscle of the jaw. Both of these muscles aid in chewing, forcefully bringing the teeth together to “masticate.”
Unfortunately, they are also responsible for something called bruxism. That is the medical term used when a person clenches their jaw and grinds their teeth at night. Bruxism can cause serious dental distress on your teeth, plus give you headaches during the waking hours. Sore jaws and muscles transfer their tension causing migraines and cluster headaches.
Sleep studies have also shown that there is an affiliation with headaches, bruxism, and a sleeping disturbance called sleep apnea. By limiting clenching and grinding sufferers can find relief from headache pain and tiredness during the day. Your dentist can check for signs of tooth wear and suggest a custom-made dental device to alleviate bruxism, but you will also want to see your doctor to find out if sleep apnea needs to also be treated.
If you’d like more education about a dental device for bruxism, call Dr. Soren Michaelsen and our helpful team at Dental Arts of Catoosa. Phone: 539-204-9977, or come by our office in Catoosa, Oklahoma.