No one should have to deal with chronic headaches. Headache prevention is not an easy thing because to know what should be done, you first need to know what it is that causing these headaches. It’s a common mistake to assume that a headache is only caused by muscle tension, sinus or dehydration. Though these are common factors involved, you may be getting your headaches all the time because there is something wrong with your bite.
Temporal Mandibular Joint Pain
If your bite is misaligned your whole body can get thrown “out of whack”. While lying down you may think your body is laying straight when in actuality you’re shaped like an “S”. This is possible if you are experiencing any issues from your TMJ (temporal mandibular joint) bones.
If you notice any clicking sounds when moving your jaw, maybe while chewing? Sometimes this clicking feels more like a “grating” feeling. Do your ears seem to be chronically hurting? Sometimes pain caused from the TMJ area can also cause facial pain in general. If you are sensitive around your temporal mandibular joint area give us a call so we can see if it’s a misaligned bite that’s causing you your headaches.
Headache prevention tips caused by TMJ disorders mainly focus around resolving your TMJ issues, but you can also try draping a warm wash cloth over your neck while facing the floor. Relax your jaw til the point where you start to drool. Relaxing those muscles around your jaw will help ease the pain.
If this sounds like your problem you can find more home remedies for TMJ/TMD pain here.
Headache Prevention Techniques
If you are finding your headaches are most likely linked to a misaligned bite, there are some things you can do at home to prevent these headaches until the time that you and your dentist and fix it for good. Avoid all chewy foods and this definitely includes chewing gum. You are now a mint-eater. Chewy candies are especially bad as well. Less known, sucking through a straw can also irritate this condition. Depending on how far off your bone alignment is in your jaw, your dentists will be able to get you on a schedule that get you relief soon.
The best way to stop your headaches from occurring is to see a professional. Give us a call or come in today to make an appointment.