Migraines and your dental health
Each June the American Headache & Migraine Association (AHMA) observes Migraine & Headache Awareness Month to bring knowledge and understanding about these disorders that plague nearly one out of eight Americans. So what’s this have to do with my Sierra Smiles Tahoe dental office? More than you may think.
What’s the Difference Between a Migraine and a Headache?
Both migraines and headaches have similar symptoms, including the most obvious, pain in the head that’s either dull and achy, or throbbing and pulsing. However, there are other symptoms that can help diagnose both migraine or headache pain.
Symptoms of a Headache
Head pain is usually throughout either the entire head or forehead.
Pain isn’t focused on one side.
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).
Sensitivity to light or sound.
Pain in the temple.
Pain behind one eye or ear.
Although experienced in the form of head pain, some migraines may have dental-driven triggers. The most common and widely supported is a bad bite (malocclusion). When the top and bottom teeth don’t line up, excess pressure is put on the TMJ (jaw bone and muscles). Since the jaw is connected to the head, pain caused by a misaligned bite can throw off balance and lead to pain, nausea, and other debilitating symptoms.
If you’ve been experiencing migraines or headaches and haven’t found relief, consider giving my Tahoe dental office a call. We can evaluate your bite to see if perhaps it may be contributing to your pain. We’ll look at your overall dental health and recommend the most appropriate treatment for you. Don’t live your life waiting for your next migraine to hit!
Healthy Tahoe is a look at health-related topics that shape our community and is made possible through content provided by our sponsors.
Support Local Journalism
Support Local Journalism
Readers around the Lake Tahoe Basin and beyond make the Tahoe Tribune's work possible. Your financial contribution supports our efforts to deliver quality, locally relevant journalism.
Now more than ever, your support is critical to help us keep our community informed about the evolving coronavirus pandemic and the impact it is having locally. Every contribution, however large or small, will make a difference.
Your donation will help us continue to cover COVID-19 and our other vital local news.
Start a dialogue, stay on topic and be civil.
If you don't follow the rules, your comment may be deleted.
User Legend: Moderator Trusted User