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Headaches can come in several forms and can cause a wide variation of pain. On a daily basis, more and more is learned about what exactly causes headaches, and how we can avoid them. Things like hormones, abnormal growths, muscle function, and many other things, are typical causes of headaches. Usually, treatment and prevention of headaches demands the attention of many professionals, including personal care physicians, physical therapists, psychologists, and possibly even your dentist.
Yes, that’s right, your dentist may be able to treat your headaches. Some dentists are trained in caring for jaw joint problems, many are trained in treating headaches, and others do not treat these issues for one reason or another. However, if you suffer from headaches, and have not been successfully treated by your physician who has dismissed medical conditions, you may consider seeking treatment from your dentist. Either your dentist can treat you, or direct you to someone who can.
Unfortunately, many headaches are triggered by long-term spasms in your jaw and neck muscles. There are kinds of "night guards," also known as bite splints, that may be able to offer your jaw some relief. Essentially, these acrylic platforms offer a secure spot for your upper and bottom jaw to shut against and relax your muscles. In fact, it has been approximated that 80% of people clench and/or grind their teeth in their sleep. This condition is known as Bruxism, and can cause "tension headaches" as a result.
If you experience headaches, you may want to consult both your dentist and your personal care physician in the North Royalton area. More likely than not, there is some aid accessible for you.
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