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How Poor Oral Health Can Contribute to Migraines
Posted on 8/24/2020 by Ranches Family Dental
How Poor Oral Health Can Contribute to MigrainesMany people suffer from migraine headaches. These can cause nausea, debilitating pain, light sensitivity and overall decreased enjoyment of activities. Migraines stem from many different stimuli, including weather changes and dehydration. While there are many pharmacological interventions to help with a migraine, some sufferers choose a more natural approach. These can include massage, acupuncture, and chiropractic services. One area that is often overlooked when treating migraines is the sufferer's oral health.

Consider Your Oral Health to Alleviate Migraines


Oral health is often at the centre of many health concerns. Poor oral health can contribute to decreased nutritional intake, muscle aches and neck pain. If you suffer from any sort of tooth health problem, such as an abscess, this can manifest as a headache. This is called referred pain, and often hides the true cause of the pain. Recent studies have shown that the bacteria present on teeth can produce nitric oxide. An increase in the production of this substance can be linked to migraine headaches. It is often recommended that a diet low in foods with high levels of nitrates also be incorporated. Foods with high levels of nitrates include bacon, ham and chocolate. Another cause of migraine headaches related to oral health could be a misaligned jaw, or even a bad case of TMJ.

How Our Experts Can Help


If you suffer from migraine headaches, it is always recommended that you speak with a dentist. These health professionals are able to assist in your care in many ways. They will be able to diagnose any tooth problem that could be causing referred pain. They are also able to quickly and easily diagnose TMJ or a misaligned jaw. Regular cleanings can help to decrease the bacteria in the mouth that cause nitric oxide. Dentists and their highly trained staff are able to help you live a pain free life again.
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