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Can Dental Problems Cause Migraine Headaches?

Posted by DentalPlans.com

Jun 11, 2012 9:31:00 AM

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Headaches are quite common. In fact, it seems almost everyone has experienced at least one headache at some point in their life. However, those who suffer from migraine headaches can tell you first-hand that a migraine is not an average headache. Migraines are debilitating.

It’s alarming, but about 36 million Americans suffer from migraine headaches. That’s almost 10% of the total population!

So, what causes a migraine? It can vary from person to person, but a migraine can be triggered by a number of different factors such as: allergies, certain foods, a sinus infection or Temporomandibular Joint Disorder, (TMJ). TMJ is a condition which can be caused by teeth grinding or teeth clenching during sleep.  

Your dentist can help determine if you suffer from teeth grinding or teeth clenching. And if you do, there is an FDA approved device that your dentist can prescribe for you.

It’s called The Nociceptive Trigeminal Inhibition Tension Suppression System, (NTI-tss). It’s a device that can help prevent the onset of a migraine. How? The NTI-tss is a small clear plastic device which is worn over the two front teeth at night. The device helps to relax the muscles involved in teeth clenching, which can bring on a tension headache and in more serious instances, a migraine headache. The device must be fitted by a dentist who is trained in the technique.

The good news is that the NTI-tss is a completely drug free alternative , and it’s also the only FDA approved migraine preventative on the market. 

If you are one of the millions of Americans who suffer from migraines, it could be well worth it to make a trip to your dentist to inquire about the NTI-tss.

Do you suffer from migraine headaches? What have you tried to rid yourself of these debilitating headaches? Please share with us below. We’d love to hear from you.

Topics: Dental Health, Dental Insurance, Dental Care, Grinding, Migraine

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