Besides reaching out for a pain killer,‭ ‬you should consider scheduling a visit to your dentist if you suffer from frequent headaches.‭ ‬Headaches are often caused by issues relating to your teeth and jaw.‭ ‬One way to prevent frequent headaches is to visit your dentist regularly.‭ ‬If you suffer from frequent headaches,‭ ‬it is important to ask your dentist to check if it is caused by tooth and jaw problems.‭

What’s the Cause?

Dental headaches or tooth related headaches are caused by wisdom teeth,‭ ‬bite problems,‭ ‬teeth grinding and,‭ ‬jaw clenching.‭ Bite problems are caused when you have misaligned teeth or if some of your teeth are missing.‭ ‬Jaw muscles work hard to bring upper and lower sets of teeth together when you speak and eat.‭ ‬The stress on the muscles of the jaw is greater when teeth are misaligned and jaw muscle stress triggers a headache.‭ When wisdom teeth or impacted teeth erupt,‭ ‬they shift other teeth and cause problems with your bite.‭ ‬Problems with your bite will cause headaches.‭ If you clench your teeth when you are anxious or stressed,‭ ‬your jaw muscles are also stressed.‭ ‬This causes a headache.‭ If you unconsciously grind your teeth at night while you sleep or make your jaw work overtime by chewing gum,‭ ‬your tired jaw triggers a headache.‭

What are the Symptoms?

Dental headaches are symptoms.‭ ‬They warn you that you have a dental problem that needs to be addressed.‭ ‬When you get a tooth-related headache,‭ ‬you not only feel a throbbing in your head but also find your jaw is tired or sore when you wake up.‭ ‬You may also hear a clicking or popping sound from your jaw joints when you try to eat or speak.‭ ‬You may also feel pain when you touch your head or scalp.‭ ‬If your headache is caused by clenching your jaw or grinding your teeth,‭ ‬you will wake up with a sensitive feeling in your teeth or,‭ ‬your teeth will be broken,‭ ‬loose,‭ ‬chipped or,‭ ‬flat.‭ ‬Sometimes you will wake up with a headache and an earache though you don’t have a cold or other earache related symptoms.

How to Prevent it?

You can prevent teeth-related headaches by regular visits to your dentist.‭ ‬Treatments for teeth related headaches include relaxation to prevent mental stress-related teeth grinding and jaw clenching,‭ ‬a soft diet,‭ ‬dental physiotherapy,‭ ‬applying hot compresses,‭ ‬getting dental cavities filled,‭ ‬getting mouth splints or bite guards fitted by the dentist to prevent clenching and grinding,‭ ‬orthodontic treatments to correct your teeth alignment and bite,‭ ‬getting crowns or bridges placed to replace missing teeth and,‭ ‬getting dental implants surgically placed to permanently replace missing teeth.‭ ‬Sometimes dentists will surgically correct the alignment of your jaw to treat teeth-related headaches.‭ ‬If the headache is caused by wisdom teeth,‭ ‬the extraction of the impacted tooth will prevent headaches from recurring.‭ ‬Some dentists prescribe medications to give patients temporary relief from teeth-related headaches.‭ ‬They also prescribe hormone replacement therapy to relieve tooth related headaches for female patients.‭

Start at Your San Marcos Family Dentist

Not all headaches are caused by problems related to your teeth and jaw.‭ ‬But when you wake up with a headache,‭ ‬seeking a dental examination is a great place to start looking for treatment.‭ If you live in San Marcos, TX, come stop by the dental practice of Larry D. Molenda, D.D.S. for a tooth and jaw examination. We’ll help you on your way towards getting rid of your headaches for good!