TMJ, Many Migraine Headaches Caused by Grinding, Clenching Teeth

By August 1, 2011 No Comments

More than half of adults grind, clench teeth; one in 10 aren’t aware they have TMJ

Migraine headaches can put the brakes on anyone’s day. They can mean time away from family, friends and work, not to mention the inconvenience and personal discomfort. One of the major causes of migraine headaches is grinding and clenching teeth during sleep.

“Grinding and clenching can be caused by stress or anxiety, but they are also key characteristics of a temporomandibular joint disorder, which is more commonly known as TMJ,”…because the grinding and clenching happens when they’re asleep.”

While more than half of adults grind or clench their teeth occasionally, there can be significant damage and health complications when the behavior occurs on a regular basis. Chronic grinding and clenching can not only cause migraine headaches and fractured or complete loss of teeth, but can also lead to hearing loss and issues with the jaw that can change the appearance of a person’s face….“Nearly one-third of children suffer from the condition as well. Many grow out of the problem, but for some, the problem can be extremely painful and cause considerable, long-term damage.”

Treatment options can include stress-management techniques, reducing the amount of caffeine and alcohol a person drinks, or wearing a custom-fitted oral orthopedic splint. Many times there are underlying factors that need to be evaluated, so it is always recommended to consult with a board-certified health professional….read more


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