Headaches aren’t fun. One major cause of that may reside in your mouth and jaw.
Everyone has two temporomandibular joints (TMJs) that connect the sides of their jaw to their skull. They help you open and close your mouth when you talk, eat, and yawn. Therefore, pain that starts in those joints can travel to your skull and lead to a headache.
Several things cause jaw pain. First, is that you clench your jaw or grind your teeth. Secondly, you might clench your jaw throughout the day when you feel stressed. Thirdly, you may not be aware that you do either of these things.
Signs that you clench your jaw or grind your teeth include:
- Flat, broken, chipped, or loose teeth.
- Sensitive teeth.
- Pain or soreness in your jaw or face.
- Your jaw feels tired or tight.
- You have an earache, but there’s no problem with your ears.
Another cause of TMJ pain that can lead to a headache is your bite. Therefore, this can happen if you’re missing a tooth or your teeth don’t line up right. A problem with your bite may mean that the muscles in your jaw have to work harder to bring your upper and lower teeth together.
First, Dr. Nick’s can check your teeth, jaw, and muscles to see what’s causing your pain. Secondly, he may recommend a mouth guard that fits over your upper or lower teeth and keeps them apart while you sleep so you can’t grind them together.
The good news is that Dr. Nick already has a blog post on mouth guards! You can find inexpensive mouth guards for sale over the counter. Read all about it here!
In conclusion, schedule your appointment today so we can get the bottom of your problem! Book online or call us today at 813.445.7162. We look forward to hearing from you.