Can Cavities Cause Headaches?

womanwonderingheadbandIf you have been wondering whether tooth decay can cause headaches either directly or indirectly, the answer is yes. However, as you may have noticed by learning more about headache causes, there’s a lot that might be going on with your smile and your entire body that is contributing to your discomfort. As a result, it’s very important that you schedule an appointment with us if you require headache relief, so we can gain a full understanding of the different factors at play. As for cavities, let’s answer some of your questions.

Question: Can Toothaches Directly Cause Headaches?

It’s entirely possible that the discomfort in your tooth as a result of tooth decay can cause a headache. While a new, small cavity is not likely to lead to any type of noticeable headache, advanced, more serious decay may generate pain. For instance, a toothache that has been lingering and intensifying can cause pain thanks to the complex network of nerves in your head. We can address this to provide you with headache relief.

Question: Can Toothaches Indirectly Cause Headaches?

Perhaps you are wondering if there’s some less direct way a headache may occur as the result of a toothache. Maybe your tooth doesn’t hurt consistently but every time it flares up, you find yourself dealing with a need for headache relief. In these situations, the problem might be stress and tension. Do you respond to negative situations by tensing up? Worrying? Are you someone who clenches your jaw when you’re nervous? Feeling concerned can translate into muscle tension and then a headache. Come in for care, so we can check up on your oral health and offer the treatment you need for a healthy mouth and a comfortable head.

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