Tooth grinding and headaches

If you grind your teeth and clench your jaws together it has been suggested that this can act as a trigger for headaches, particularly tension type headaches and even migraine. You may be grinding your teeth at night and not even be aware that you are doing it.

What can I do to help stop this happening?

Some people who suffer with headaches can wear a mouthguard to try and reduce their teeth grinding and jaw tension. A mouthguard is a small plastic covering which fits over either your upper or lower teeth. For people who use these because of headaches or migraine, the mouthguard is made of soft plastic and is usually worn just at night.

It separates your teeth which allows your jaw to find the most comfortable position and helps to prevent common night time habits such as grinding your teeth and clenching the jaw.

How do I know if I would benefit from a mouthguard?

Do you suffer from any of the following

wake up with a tired aching or stiff jaw

wake up with a headache or migraine

experience pain behind your eyes

experience sinus pains

experience pain in your neck or shoulders

There can of course be other reasons that you experience these symptoms and you should visit your doctor first to rule out other causes.

Where would I get an Mouthguard

The mouthguard needs to be measured and fitted accurately so that when you bite on it all your teeth meet at exactly the same time in a position where your muscles are relaxed. You will therefore need to visit your dentist.

A mouthguard may be of benefit to you if you experience tension type headaches, especially if you wake up with a headache. If you think you do grind your teeth or clench your jaw when you are sleeping it might be worth visiting your dentist to discuss the option that is best for you.

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to call or pop in to the practice.  telephone 01326 574006

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