July 27, 2016

Headaches are usually not a sign of something serious. Taking a couple Tylenol may be all you need to feel better. However, when headaches are persistent, it is important then to try to pinpoint the source of the pain. It might be related to your temporomandibular joint, which is the joint responsible for operating the jaw.

  1. Headache Is Preceded by Jaw Movement

Determining the cause of a headache requires you to be attuned to your daily habits. If a headache follows every time you chew something, then the TMJ might be causing you to feel pain throughout your face. In the event you regularly experience headaches after meals, you should also pay attention to how your jaw feels. When it feels tender or when there is a limited amount of range than what you are used to, you need to see a dentist for a full diagnosis.

  1. Other Symptoms of a TMJ Disorder Are Present

Complications with the jaw joint are fairly common. It can happen to anyone through daily wear and tear that you may not ordinarily pay attention to. Here are some other signs of a TMJ disorder you need to be aware of in addition to a headache.

  • Aches in the ears, neck and shoulders
  • Biting or chewing becomes difficult
  • Clicking or popping sounds whenever the jaw is opened
  • Grinding teeth routinely
  1. Presence of Fibromyalgia

Issues with the temporomandibular joint and fibromyalgia tend to occur simultaneously. This is especially the case with women. If you have been recently diagnosed with fibromyalgia and also have any of the symptoms mentioned above, then you should get checked for a TMJ disorder.

Contact Our Office

Seeing our dentists at India Hook Dental is a necessity if you believe there is an issue with your jaw. Problems chewing should not be overlooked, so call us as soon as you can.



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