Suffering with regular headaches can be a serious drain on your mood, concentration and your happiness.
A headache can range in severity from uncomfortable and unpleasant to painful and debilitating. What is more, if you are experiencing headaches regularly, then you may find that you often need to cancel plans to take care of yourself and get better.
If you often experience headaches, then you may have to resort to pain medication more often than you would like. This can come with its own problems and so it is worth addressing the cause of the headache instead of masking the symptoms with drugs.
Where do Headaches Come From?
Headaches will usually be defined as primary or secondary headaches.
A primary headache is one that is not the symptom of another health issue. This could be because of overuse of the nerves, muscles or blood vessels, and could also be due to an imbalance of chemicals in the brain.
A secondary headache is a symptom of another health concern. This is why it is important to investigate further if you are experiencing headaches regularly. You could unearth a more serious problem.
Headaches that occur regularly and do not soothe with medication are more likely to be secondary headaches.
Oral Health Problems
Sometimes a simple cavity can be enough to trigger a headache.
Infections in the mouth can also often manifest as a headache and by treating the infection with antibiotics you can soon enjoy complete relief.
Your headache could also be caused by a complex issue known as temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD).
TMD is a disorder that presents when issues arise with the temporomandibular joint, which can happen for any number of reasons. Headaches are a common side effect of this condition, which also causes pain in the neck and difficulty with moving the jaw.
If your headache is caused by an oral health problem, then commonly this will be a dull pain that you can feel all around the head. You may also experience this pain on just one side of the face.
Taking Care of Your Teeth
Going to visit your dentist regularly is not the only way to take good care of your teeth, but having regular (annual) check-ups is essential for maintaining good oral health.
Other great ways to care for your teeth include avoiding sugary foods and drinks, brushing your teeth two times a day with a fluoride toothpaste, and eating a healthy diet.
People who smoke tobacco will have a much harder time taking care of their teeth and preserving their oral health. Quitting smoking can be challenging, but doing so can improve your health in so many ways. Your doctor will be able to help you to quit smoking, and there are online resources as well as support groups and books that you can use to help you.
Taking small steps to enhance your oral health now is an action that you will surely thank yourself for in the future!