The Link between Tooth Problems and Headaches

Posted by on Dec. 26, 2012

Most of the time, headaches occur due to other medical conditions, and tooth problems fall under this group. Tooth conditions can cause headaches, whether you are aware of it or not. If you have a persistent headache and you can’t seem to find the cause, why not have your pearly whites checked to see if they’re responsible for your agony?

A comforting thought, on the other hand, is that there are certain signs you can watch out for to determine if your tooth problems are actually causing your headache. Usually, there is pain behind the eye area, teeth-grinding, a painful sensation in the scalp and head area when touched, and popping of the jaw
joints. When your headache is accompanied by these, chances are it is caused by an underlying tooth problem.

Headaches that are due to tooth problems can be caused by any of the following conditions: Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction or TMJD, tooth abscess, and post-tooth extraction infection. TMJD are conditions involving the jaw joint which results in pain spreading to the whole face and head area. On the other hand, tooth abscess or infection within the tooth can lead to headaches as well, especially if the infected tooth is on the upper jaw. Moreover, infection after tooth extraction can also occur because the bone socket is exposed, and it is thus vulnerable to getting infected. These types of headaches are usually felt 2-10 days after the procedure.

The usual go-to medicines for headaches are painkillers, which provide immediate relief. However, if your situation is caused by a dental problem, it is best to treat the underlying condition first to fully avoid the occurrence of headaches in the future. The best thing to do is pay your dentist a visit and have your tooth condition checked.


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