Experts say that at least one out of every eight American adults suffer from recurring headaches severe enough to interfere with their daily activities. The precise cause of a severe headache can often be difficult to find.  In solving the mystery, it is important to consider what is going on in the mouth. People are frequently surprised that dental infection induced headaches can be the source of the pain.

Headaches caused from dental problems are considered “secondary headaches” because they arise as a symptom of another problem.  These headaches can have a variety of sources:

  • An unstable bite from misaligned or missing teeth:  The muscles of the jaw and the neck can spasm when they are held tight for long periods of time. This stress-induced tension headache can cause pain behind the eyes, sore jaw muscles upon awakening in the morning, scalp painful to the touch, or teeth grinding. We swallow approximately 2,000 times a day.  When the bite is unstable, the jaw muscles must work harder to bring the teeth together.  
  • A failing root canal:  Based on 30-plus years of being a clinical dentist, I consider root canaled teeth to be “teeth on probation.”  A well-sealed root canal is great but a leaking one is dangerous. They can become reinfected although they stay painless in the tooth.  This happened in my own mouth.  I was able to diagnose this “unknown” infection via a saliva test.  
  • Chronic systemic inflammation from Periodontal Disease:  Chronic inflammation is the foundation of migraine headaches. Periodontal Disease is a chronic inflammation, considered “cold” inflammation.  In other words, it doesn’t cause the typical heat, pain, redness, etc. that results from acute inflammation due to injury.  Consequently, it is like a simmering pot of inflammatory chemicals that are released into the bloodstream and affect the entire body.

START SOMEWHERE today considering the condition of your mouth. Dental infections and chronic gum inflammation can cause secondary problems and dental infection induced headaches have even been documented to mimic brain tumors. The health or disease in your mouth affects every part of your body and is an important part of your health strategy.  LIVE YOUNGER with healthy gums and teeth!  You can do it.  I will help you.  

Dental Infection Induced Headaches

Dental Infection Induced Headaches