As you may already know, headaches can be very annoying and generally unpleasant. However, would you be surprised to hear that your headache might actually be caused by dental problems? In reality, there are a number of problems that could lead to headaches or a stiff jaw.
Sadly, if you wake up with headaches regularly, you could be suffering from teeth grinding. In fact, some people grind their teeth when they are sleeping—which can make teeth grinding difficult to diagnose on your own. If you notice that you make unusual noises during the night, you could be suffering from grinding your teeth. This can lead to several different issues, including chipped or fractured teeth and even tooth loss.
TMJ disorder is another potential problem that could be causing your jaw stiffness and your headaches. Unfortunately, if you suffer from TMJ disorder, you could have a hard time moving your jaw. You may also struggle to open or close your mouth completely. This happens because your TMJ is the joint that attaches your skull to your jaw. If you are suffering from TMJ disorder, you could be grinding your pearly whites.
A stiff or sore jaw could also be caused by anxiety. As you might know, many people tend to clench their pearly whites when they get nervous. Sadly, this puts a lot of pressure on your jaw. Luckily, there are a number of things you can consider doing if you would like to break this habit. If you are suffering from any of these symptoms, please contact us as soon as possible.
If you are interested in learning more about how you can avoid a sore jaw or headaches in Claremont, California, please give Claremont Smile Design a call at 909-624-1111. Our dentist, Dr. German Jaquez, will be happy to address any concerns you may have and to help you keep your pearly whites healthy. We’re excited to receive your call!