How Malocclusions Can Cause HeadachesApril 22, 2019
Headaches can be caused by many different things including dehydration, extreme stress, medication side effects, and tension in the neck and shoulders, among other things. However, there is a lesser-known cause for your headache, which is called a malocclusion. Malocclusion is the misalignment of the jaws and teeth.
How Malocclusions Can Cause HeadachesThere are a number of reasons why malocclusions can occur. These include trauma to the mouth and teeth, missing teeth, or even genetics. But no matter why a malocclusion happens, it can cause a strain on the jaw and the muscles that control it. If too much pressure is applied to the hinge joints of the jaws (known as the temporomandibular joint), the muscles can become sore and achy or the jaw can move out of alignment. If untreated, a malocclusion will eventually cause a clicking or popping noises in the jaw, neck and jaw pain, and headaches.
Common Reasons For MalocclusionBelow are a few of the common reasons for malocclusion:
- Tooth decay or infection
- Misaligned jaws or crooked teeth