Headaches In Fresno, CA
While you may not think of a dentist's office such as Professional Dental Care when you think of your headache diagnosis and treatment options, for some types of headaches, a visit to the dentist may be the perfect choice.
What Causes Headaches?
Headaches can be caused by a number of factors. They can be caused by simple causes such as loud noises, poor posture, certain foods and medications, and stress. They can also be the symptom of a more serious condition, such as a concussion, dehydration, an ear infection, the flu, meningitis or glaucoma.
What many people don't realize, however, is that headaches are also commonly caused by oral health conditions. Jaw misalignment, teeth grinding, TMJ and muscle imbalances can all cause headaches as well. These are the types of headaches that would require a trip to Professional Dental Care.
When Should I See a Doctor?
Because headaches are quite common and generally nothing to worry about, you may be tempted to skip the trip to the doctor and simply try to treat the pain at home. While this may be effective for minor, temporary headaches, if your headache is caused by a dental condition, the sooner you seek medical attention, the sooner your pain will be over.
Call your dentist at Professional Dental Care if your headaches are severe or frequent, if they don't respond to over-the-counter medication or if they are interfering with your life.
How are Headaches Treated?
Your headache treatment will depend largely on the severity of your headaches as well as the possible cause. For minor headaches, you can begin treatment at home with over-the-counter medicines, rest, and cool washcloths placed on your forehead.
For more severe headaches, however, you will want to see your doctor at Professional Dental Care for a diagnosis and treatment plan. If your headaches are caused by TMJ or jaw misalignment, your dentist will likely use orthodontic devices to bring your jaw back into alignment. If your headaches are caused by grinding your teeth, your dentist will give you a mouth guard. Only your dentist can prescribe the treatment that will be most effective for you.