often, recurring headaches are caused by a dental condition. Although
other factors may be involved, it's important to be screened for
common dental causes of headaches, such as:
The field of migraine prevention therapy has been
at somewhat of a standstill. Although numerous drugs are now on
the market which are intended to subdue migraine pain after the
attack has already begun, preventing migraine has been less than
However, research has found one common factor
to all migraine and tension-type headache sufferers: tender and
sore temple and scalp muscles caused by intense and prolonged jaw
clenching during sleep. Not teeth grinding, but jaw clenching
there is a world of difference.
Established research has shown:
- Jaw clenching muscles of migraine suffers are 70% larger in
volume and generate significantly higher bite forces than control
- Migraine sufferers who experience headaches soon after or upon
waking show significant evidence of nocturnal jaw clenching.
- Tension-type headache patients contract their temporalis muscles
(clench their jaw) during sleep, on average, 14 times more intensely
that asymptomatic controls.
FDA has recently approved the first non-drug, no side-effect method
for migraine pain prevention, the NTI-tss, a small and comfortable
specialized mouthpiece which covers only your upper two front
teeth while you sleep.
The NTI-tss must be custom fitted by a dentist. And why just the
two front teeth? Because that prevents the back molars and canine
teeth from coming into contact. Without those teeth contacting,
jaw clenching intensity is reduced by two-thirds!
In clinical trials, 82% of migraine sufferers who used the NTI-tss
for eight weeks had a 77% average reduction in migraine attacks,
and were continuing to improve (details at the NTI-tss
web site). There were no side-effects or adverse results. This
is not to say the intense jaw clenching alone is the cause of migraine,
but does put research back on track.
So for the best way to prevent migraine, instead of putting a pill
in your stomach, you put a device on your teeth!
If you are experiencing frequent headaches you think
may be linked to one of the causes above, contact
us for an appointment.