A bad bite can be responsible for several woes you might not necessarily connect, like headaches, unsightly teeth and TMJ disorder.
TMJ That’s short for temporomandibular joint—the hinge that connects your jaw to your skull. It’s stressed every day, just like your knee joint. When you eat, your jaw can be going up and down or side to side. In fact, if you put your finger in an ear and open and shut your mouth you can feel it in action.
That’s stressful enough. But if you have a bad bite—if the lower and upper teeth don’t fit properly—teeth can actually cause the jaw to dislocate forward out of its socket in the skull. That, in turn, puts extra stress on the jaw muscles to return it to the right position.
Left unattended, this condition wears on the jaw joint, producing more inflammation and more pain. And while chronic headaches can have many causes, the extra stress on jaw muscles can certainly be a contributing factor. Subconscious attempts to correct the bite by grinding or clenching the jaw can also result in
chipped, worn, unsightly teeth.
While TMJ and a bad bite aren’t exactly synonymous, they are very closely linked.
If you suffer recurring headaches, bothersome clicking when you yawn and find yourself grinding or clenching your teeth, do yourself a favor and schedule a dental appointment. You might be surprised to find how easy it is to correct a bite and free you from the pain you may have taught yourself to endure.
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