Besides a toothache, would you recognize if your chronic discomfort was related to your dental health? Your smile involves more than we often think about on a daily basis, and its many parts can affect more than what we automatically associate with dental health (like teeth and gums). For instance, if you’ve endured persistent headaches and have been unable to find the source, let alone a cure, then the issue might originate with an oral health problem. If so, then visiting your dentist could be your only chance at finding permanent relief.
Reasons for Dental Headaches
Bruxism describes the habitual, and usually unconscious, grinding of your teeth. Most patients exhibit bruxism during their sleep, and therefore aren’t aware of it until their teeth begin to wear down or the symptoms begin interfering with their daily lives. The pressure and friction can cause recurring jaw pain and headaches, especially when waking up in the morning.
TMJs, or temporomandibular joints, connect your lower jaw to your skull. As a common result, and equally-common cause, of habitual bruxism, TMJ disorder results from extreme stress and damage to the joints. A popping and clicking sensation when you open and close your jaw can warn you of TMJ disorder, as well as:
- chronic, severe headaches
- jaw pain
- facial pain
- neck pain
- back pain
- and a host of other issues.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), as the name suggests, is a sleep disorder that causes you to stop breathing when your airway gets clogged by oral tissues. OSA causes extremely loud snoring, then silence as you’re forced to stop breathing, followed by a gasp as your brain panics and forces your body to breathe again. The consistent lack of deep sleep can leave your mind and body sleep-deprived, resulting in exhaustion, migraines, and other symptoms of sleep deprivation. OSA can also increase your risks of cardiovascular diseases, like heart disease and failure.
ABOUT YOUR SOUTHLAKE DENTISTS:
As a native Texan, Gregory Wright, DDS, opened his private practice in Southlake, TX in 1992. He and Dr. Victoria Heron are happily accepting new patients from Southlake, Grapevine, Keller, Trophy Club, Colleyville, and all surrounding communities. To learn more, call our office today at (817) 481-7999.