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Tension headaches are the most common type of headache, which feels like a constant ache affecting both sides of the head
The headaches usually lasts for 30 minutes to several hours, but can last for several days. They can be caused by lack of physical activity, poor posture, tiredness of dehydration.
However, experts have revealed they could also be caused by grinding the teeth - a condition called bruxism. Bruxism is the medical term for teeth grinding and clenching the jaw.
In most cases, it occurs subconsciously during sleep at night so people who suffer may only be aware they have the problem when others tell them as they’ve heard the grinding.
Bruxism is most commonly linked to stress and anxiety. Alcohol, smoking and caffeine are also thought to make the condition worse.
Bruxism can cause jaw pain and headaches because of muscular tension, It can cause a variety of symptoms mostly linked to muscular tension including jaw pain, facial pain and headaches.
These tend to resolve when the teeth grinding stops, but more permanent problems include damage to the teeth as they become worn down leading in some cases to sensitive teeth and fractured teeth or fillings.
Bruxism is very common affecting nearly one in ten adults at some point in their lives. “For most it isn’t a long-term problem, but it shouldn’t be ignored as it may be a sign of underlying stress, and long term it can cause damage to the teeth.”However, it can cause serious conditions further down the line.
If left untreated, Bruxism can cause damage to the teeth which is irreversible and it can lead to sore gums, sensitive teeth and face, jaw and head pain,”
People can treat the condition - which can also cure the headaches pain. Firstly, it is important to identify any underlying stresses that may have led to the condition and manage these. Secondly, the teeth can be protected by a specially designed mouth guard made of soft plastic, which can be worn at night to prevent ongoing damage to the teeth.