Head and neck pains are one of the most common ailments people experience when they do not take proper care of their teeth. Your dentist will be able to treat certain conditions like jaw misalignment.
What is jaw misalignment?
Jaw misalignment refers to the literal misalignment of the upper and lower jaws. When the latter are not situated correctly in the mouth (due to genetics or injury; they can cause pain to radiate in the head and neck. Head and neck pains are frequently the result of occlusal disease which places stress on the muscles in the jaw. Depending on the severity of the misalignment, a person may be much more prone to migraines and other head/neck injuries.
How is jaw misalignment treated?
Visiting your dentist on a regular basis is very important, because it will allow them to accurately assess and treat your condition if you are suffering from misalignment. Avoiding routine check-ups can work to further aggravate the problem, which can end up being very dangerous in the long-term. If left untreated, jaw misalignment often requires surgical intervention to be treated. However, if it is caught early, the affliction can often be corrected with non-invasive orthopedic therapy techniques.
A bad bite is the leading culprit of head and neck pains.
There are a few signs to look for when determining whether head or neck pain is dental related. Recurring head and neck pains are generally indicative of a pre-existing issue, such as a bad bite. Common symptoms include eye pain, sore jaws (trouble opening or closing mouth), teeth grinding and a scalp that is painful to the touch. If you are experiencing one or more of these symptoms, be sure to call your dentist immediately.