Headache Relief in Charlbury, Oxfordshire

Charlbury Dental Practice
The Spendlove Centre, Enstone Road, Charlbury, Oxfordshire OX7 3PQ

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Do you suffer from headaches and migraines? Do you wake up in the morning feeling great? Or do you often wake with a headache, stiff and aching jaws or a fuzzy head?

We all get headaches from time to time and it is thought that as many as 20% of the population suffer from such bad headaches or migraines that their lives are severely affected. It is also thought that for 80% of these people the problem will be caused wholly, or partly, by factors to do with their teeth and bite.

What causes my headaches?

Many headaches and migraines are caused by dental factors. They are the result of complex interactions between the way the teeth bite together, the way the jaw joints fit into the skull, and the arrangement of the very powerful chewing muscles.

It could just be that you are clenching or grinding your teeth together when you are concentrating and/or stressed. It is much more of a problem if this is happening at night, because you can clench and grind your teeth with many times the usual chewing forces when you are asleep. This is most likely to happen when you are under stress.

It could be that your bite is unbalanced so that, in order to get your teeth together to chew effectively, your muscles pull your jaw joint out of the best position. This puts the muscles under greater stress, which makes headache and migraine pain much more likely. It can get even worse when you add stress, clenching and grinding into the equation.

You probably won’t have noticed that your bite is not quite right, because it has always been like that. You have got used to the way your teeth meet and so you go straight into that position without thinking about it. That means that the muscles are continually under strain and do not get a chance to relax and recover.

So what can be done for headaches and migraines?

The good news is that it’s quite easy to find out if your bite has anything to do with your headaches or migraines.

This is done by making a small bite guard which stops you getting your back teeth together so that the muscles get a chance to relax. If this makes a difference, the next step is to do an in-depth analysis of the bite, muscles and jaw joint, to see what would be the best way of solving the problem in the long term. This could be either a full bite guard, or adjusting your bite by shaping the teeth to the proper bite, or possibly straightening teeth by orthodontics.

Where can I find out more about the causes and prevention of headaches and migraines?

See: www.headacheprevention.com for more information.

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