Do Headaches Occur After Heavy Jaw Activity?
Another important indicator that TMJ is linked to your headaches is that headaches often occur after periods of intense jaw activity.
When you think of jaw activity, you probably imagine talking or chewing. This is true. If you spend a day talking a lot–such as hanging out with friends and family, running a professional seminar, or spending a day in court defending your clients–you might experience headaches. You might also get headaches after chewing a tough meal–some people get headaches after chewing gum.
But there are other times when your jaw is highly active. For example, you might clench your jaw unconsciously during periods of high stress. You might also clench your teeth when you’re performing strenuous physical activities. Weightlifters often develop TMJ, for example. You might also clench your teeth during sleep (night bruxism), so waking up with a headache could be a warning sign.
Note: Morning headaches are also associated with sleep apnea, so it’s important to consider that possibility as well.
Get Tested for TMJ in Wilmington
Do you think that temporomandibular joint disorders might be causing or contributing to your headaches? Let TMJ dentist Dr. Michael T. Rosen evaluate the health of your jaw to determine whether you might benefit from TMJ treatment.
Please call (302) 994-0979 or use our contact form to request an appointment today at the office of Dr. Rosen in Wilmington, DE.