Headaches in Jackson are a dime a dozen. We all know the frustration of having our day interrupted by throbbing, shooting pains in the head. If you suffer from frequent headaches that never seem to go away, Dr. Jim Ed Watson would like you to know about bruxism (teeth grinding), a common condition that Jackson residents rarely know they have. We at Jackson Center for Smiles love spreading the news about all things dental health, so here is some headache information that just might change your life.
Bruxism and Headaches
You may not be aware of it, but everyone clenches and grinds their teeth at some point. It’s a natural reaction to stress. During the day you might catch yourself doing it and stop, but during the night, you are unaware of it and will naturally grind much harder. Unfortunately, some people in Jackson have such problems with bruxism that they may experience:
- Frequent, painful headaches
- Damaged, worn-down teeth and surrounding tissues
- TMJ or worse TMJ sypmtoms
According to Dr. Noshir Mehta, chaiman of general dentistry at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine and director of its Craniofacial Pain Center, the upper and lower teeth come into contact for as much 40 minutes of each hour. The force exerted on some teeth, such as the first molar, can be about 250 pounds, as opposed to the 20-40 pounds involved in regular daily chewing.
If you grind your teeth and have frequent headaches, don’t panic. Bruxism is easily treatable with custom-made night guards that Dr. Jim Ed Watson will fit to your teeth personally. To find out more about how we can make your headaches go away, call us at Jackson Center for Smiles today.