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Headaches, migraine andchronic tension

Bruxism (tooth grinding and tooth clenching) has many effects on the sufferer, most commonly tooth wear and broken teeth. One of the most debilitating effects of bruxism is headaches, migraines and chronic tension headaches, and these symptoms often go untreated because who would think that its caused by tooth grinding or clenching?

During sleep we all do strange things, such as snore, kick our legs and talk in our sleep. But one of the most common things we do at some time during our lives is grind our teeth. For lots of people this goesunrecognised, some people may notice their teeth are wearing down or breaking, but for the unlucky ones, theysuffer withheadaches and migraines.

Did you ever wonder what these symptoms have in common which all make your life miserable ?

They all are controlled and/or moderated by the Trigeminal Nerve. When the muscles start making your jaw clench and grind your teeth, the trigeminal nerve system gets bombarded with signals. If the system is compromised then it is unable to handle the signals and is misinterpreted and can result in a noxious stimulus to the fluid surrounding the brain resulting in a pounding headache or migraine.

Bliss Dental Practice Ltd 2018