Migraines & Your Dental Health

Each June the American Headache & Migraine Association (AHMA) observes Migraine & Headache Awareness Month to bring knowledge & understanding about these disorders that plague nearly one out of eight Americans. So what’s this have to do with oral health? More than you may think.

What’s the Difference Between a Migraine & a Headache?

Both migraines & headaches have similar symptoms, including the most obvious, pain in the head that’s either dull & achy, or throbbing & pulsing. However, there are other symptoms that can help diagnose the pain as that of either a migraine or a headache.

Symptoms of a Headache

  • Head pain is usually throughout either the entire head or forehead
  • The pain isn’t focused on one side
  • There are no other factors like dizziness or seeing flashing lights

Symptoms of a Migraine

  • Pain is experienced on one side of the head (typically, although not always)
  • Nausea
  • Sensitivity to light or sound
  • Pain in the temple
  • Pain behind one eye or ear

Dental-Driven Migraines

Although experienced in the form of head pain, some migraines may have dental-driven triggers. The most common & widely supported is a bad bite (malocclusion). When the top & bottom teeth don’t line up, excess pressure is put on the TMJ (jaw bone & muscles). Since the jaw is connected to the head, pain caused by a misaligned bite can manifest its way into the head, throwing off balance & leading to pain, nausea, & other debilitating symptoms.

If you’ve been experiencing migraines or headaches & haven’t found relief, consider giving our Cherry Hill, Gibbsboro, Haddon Heights, Linwood, or Washington Township dental offices a call to set up an appointment. We can evaluate your bite to see if perhaps it may be contributing to your pain. We’ll look at your overall dental health & recommend the most appropriate treatment for you. Don’t live your life waiting for the next migraine to hit… give your dentist a call.

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