Why Your Headaches May Be an Oral Health Concern

Some types of aches, pains, and other symptoms can indicate an obvious concern with your oral health, even if you aren’t exactly certain what that concern is. For instance, if you develop a toothache, then there are few other reasons for it than a problem with your tooth and/or the surrounding oral tissues. However, many common and not-so-common oral health concerns cause symptoms that may not be so obvious. One of these symptoms is the development of chronic headaches and/or migraines, which are common symptoms of a wide range of non-oral health-related concerns, as well.

It’s a bite function problem

If your recurring headaches are the result of a bite problem, then the specific ways in which it makes your head hurt can vary. For instance, one of the more common types of bite problems is bruxism, or the constant and uncontrollable grinding of your teeth. In addition to things like tooth sensitivity and changes in how your teeth feel, having bruxism can place immense pressure on several other areas throughout your craniofacial structures, including the nerves that dominate most of them. One result of this disturbance may be the recurrence of headaches and migraines at various times throughout the day.

It’s a problem with your TMJs

Your temporomandibular joints (TMJs) are an important part of your bite function, and TMJ disorder can sometimes result in chronic headaches as well as several other types of aches and pains. This occurs because of the damage, misalignment, inflammation, or other problems in your jaw joints can aggravate many of the nerves that innervate your craniofacial structures. The direct disturbance to these nerves can lead to intense headaches and migraines, as well as tinnitus (pain and ringing in your ears), frequent jaw pain, and more.

It’s a symptom of sleep apnea

Sometimes, the source of your headaches may not be a direct disturbance to your oral and cranial structures, but rather a number of other factors resulting from a sleep disorder like sleep apnea. Obstructive sleep apnea causes you to stop breathing repeatedly throughout the night as you sleep, and it can lead to several symptoms of sleep deprivation as well as increased risks to your systemic wellbeing. The lack of oxygen and deep sleep can also result in waking up with headaches and/or migraines, which can grow more frequent the longer your sleep apnea is left untreated.

Find out if your oral health is giving you headaches

There are several oral health concerns that can count chronic headaches and migraines among their many other symptoms. To learn more, or to schedule a consultation, call our dental office in Los Angeles, CA, today at (310) 446-GUMS (4867). We also proudly serve patients living in Santa Monica, Culver City, Beverly Hills, Century City, Encino, and all surrounding communities.