Most people do not realize just how much the condition of your teeth can affect the rest of your head. If you grind or clench your teeth, commonly known as bruxism, it can cause a lot of pain throughout your head.
Not only do these activities hurt your teeth, but they can hurt your jaw, ears, neck, and the rest of your head. If you suffer from frequent headaches, bruxism could be to blame. Here is what you can expect if you frequently grind or clench your teeth.
Bruxism Puts a Lot of Pressure on Your Jaw
Your jaw bone is connected to your entire head. Your lower jaw hinges to your skull, but your upper jaw is connected directly to your skull.
This means when you clench or grind your teeth, the effects go up directly into your head. The more pressure you put on your teeth, the more likely you are to struggle with a headache on a regular basis.
When you clench your teeth, it also builds up a lot of pressure in your head. This can cause a headache in itself. The only way to stop headaches that come from bruxism is to get it treated.
There are a few different treatments available, but the most common involves you wearing a mouth guard. This protects your teeth, and is soft, so if you clench or grind your teeth, it does not transfer the pressure up into your head.
If you believe that you clench or grind your teeth, it is important to get seen as soon as you can. Bruxism is not a good thing for your teeth. Come in and let us examine your teeth today. The sooner we can see what is going on, the sooner we can treat the problem, and hopefully, the sooner your headaches will be a thing of the past.
Christopher D. Kooning DMD, PC (503) 673-9097
15962 Boones Ferry Rd, Suite 105 Lake Oswego, OR97035