Malocclusion, also known as a “bad bite”, could be the primary cause of a number of problems like migraine headaches, popping sounds in the jaw joint, dizziness, and ear discomfort or itching. When teeth come together poorly — whether it’s from incorrect dental treatment, getting your mom’s dental genes, an unhealthy lifestyle or sports injuries — it may make your daily life unpleasant. The good news is, malocclusion is treatable.
Some 60 million Americans have Temporomandibular Joint Syndrome (TMJS).
For years, the thought that a migraine headache was related to the jaw joint was not given serious attention. But today the dental and medical communities are supporting the conclusion that TMJS and chronic headaches/migraines are linked.
Signs or Symptoms of TMJ
- Clicking or popping while yawning
- Excessive yawning as you try to adjust your jaw
- Chronic headaches and/or migraines
- Light headedness
- Tenderness in jaw muscles
- Ear aches
- Jaw occasionally locks up when yawning
- Spasms or cramps within the jaw region