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A Trip To The Dentist Could Maybe The Cure For Headaches

Monday, September 13, 2010

Do you regularly have headaches? Over 40% of people in the United Stateshave suffered from severe headaches during some point in their lives. It has been estimated that over 550 million work days are lost each year because of headaches.

If you become ill with chronic headaches then it's a wise decision to let dentist know about your headaches. Upon determining why kind of headache you are suffering from, your dentist may be able to make available to you with a key to soothing them.

Headaches are usually classified into 4 basic types:

Sinus - Pain is behind the brow bone and/or cheekbones.

Cluster - Pain is in and around one eye.

Tension - The pain feels like a band tightening around your head

Migraine - Migraines have many types. The classic is felt as pain, nausea and vision changes

Tension headaches are by far the most usual of all the headaches. Research estimates the number being as high as 90%. Medication from your local drugstore will often times control the symptoms and discomfort. However if they occur with some regularity and continue for an extended interval of time it is a good idea to discuss them with your dentist.

The muscles around the temple area of your forehead play a vital part in controlling and closing the jaw. If your occlusion or bite isn't aligned properly you can suffer abnormal tension in these muscles. This can be a trigger of your tension headaches.

If your bite is not realigned the muscles become locked knotted and tense for increasing amounts of time. The contracted muscle will not get a chance to balance and soon suffers from inadequate circulation due to a lack of oxygen. This also causes waste products to accumulate. The end result is pain or a headache.

This is why a visit to your dentist can be the solution to your headaches. Make sure you connect a dentist that specializes in technology that allows them to objectively evaluate the state of your muscles and other factors that may be affecting your bite. Based on this evaluation and a comprehensive exam he/she can rule in or out your bite being a possible cause of your chronic headaches.

If your dentist finds out that that your bite is indeed the source of your pain then one option is a custom made orthotic. An orthotic is a plastic appliance that is worn over or fixed on your teeth to help align your bite.

Your dentist may then discuss options on how to permanently correct your bite thus effectively curing you from your headaches.