Migraines can be a debilitating health condition, and the pain can be so extreme that it can be impossible to carry on with daily tasks when a migraine strikes. What makes the issue so much worse is that the exact cause of migraines for the 12-15% of the Australian population who suffer from migraines has not been pinpointed. Individuals experience different migraine triggers that can include hormonal changes, differences in sleep/wake patterns, changes in diet, intake of certain food additives, and use of particular medicines.
Because of these triggers, you'd be excused for thinking that telling your dentist at a place like Now Dental about your migraine problems would be useless, but actually, there are some links between dentistry and migraine relief that are well worth exploring. Here are some dental treatments worth considering.
Orthodontic treatment. If you have an overbite, this could be one of the causes of your persistent migraines. When your teeth are misaligned, a disproportionate amount of stress is placed on the jaw muscles, and this tension can lead to pain in the jaw, in the neck, and it can cause headaches and migraines. If you feel you might have some misalignment in your jaw, it is worth speaking to an orthodontist about this. They will be able to recommend treatment such as braces, including Invisalign braces that most people won't even notice.
Tooth grinding relief. Most people grind their teeth a little in their sleep, and some people can grind or clench their teeth more when they are feeling particularly stressed. But when this becomes a habit, it can be a problem for a number of reasons. Again, this tooth grinding can cause too much tension in the jaw area, which can lead to neck stiffness, headaches, and even migraines. Your dentist will be able to help you with teeth grinding by giving you a mouth guard that physically stops you from grinding your upper and lower teeth together.
Mercury filling removal. There are also signs that mercury fillings can lead to migraines. Mercury is actually the most toxic substance on the planet, and when you eat and drink, some of those toxins from the fillings leak into your body. When there is an excess of mercury in the body, it can disrupt ordinary bodily processes, and cause pain in a variety of ways such as fatigue, chest pains, dizziness, headaches, and migraines. If your migraines won't budge, consult with your doctor about removing mercury fillings and replacing them with something safer such as a ceramic filling.Share
10 September 2015
Miranda Raff here. My brother is a stressed-out dental student, so I'm starting this blog on his behalf. I work in a travel agency and my brother is mortified by the number of dental tourism stories I bring home. I book short holidays for people who seem as though they are going to enjoy some relaxation in an exotic country, only to learn that they plan to have cheap dental procedures. Whilst there are good dentists in developing countries, according to my brother, the complex procedures these people plan to have simply can't be finished in such a limited time. This blog is an attempt to inform you about the high skill levels and advanced technology found in Australian dental surgeries. New techniques are being developed every year and Australian dentists are at the forefront of offering these solutions. I really hope this blog helps you to appreciate our dentists.