Have you ever thought about how your teeth and the joints in your body can be related? First and foremost, Dentists and Chiropractors are both all about preventive care and maintaining a healthy mouth and body before it becomes unhealthy. That’s what we believe in, and research shows it’s true. It helps to save money, pain, and stress. We want to dive in deeper to explain an even more in-depth link between Dental and Chiropractic care.
Do you suffer from TMJ pain or headaches? What about neck pain? Please know that waking up with, or experiencing these symptoms is not “normal.” It is our job to help discover what is causing it and how to fix it. Headaches, neck, and jaw pain may mean needing to see several healthcare professionals to fully relieve those symptoms and get things back in proper function and alignment. The same goes for your teeth. Maybe you have seen your Dentist recently in regard to jaw pain or discomfort. We want to help explain why you may need to see your Dentist and your Chiropractor for certain treatment needs.
Clenching and Grinding
Many people grind their teeth at night and are unaware that they are doing so. They may wake up with jaw soreness, tenseness, or a pounding headache. Signs of wear may be evident on the teeth as well, indicating clenching and grinding. This can even cause referring neck pain and tenseness. If you see your Dentist, they will most likely recommend a nightguard to help protect the teeth and prevent jaw pain. Continuous strain on the TMJ, or disc that lies in your joint connecting your lower jaw to your upper jaw can thin out over time leading to bone on bone grinding and extreme pain without proper treatment. If your spine is not moving correctly, this could also be causing extra strain on your jaw, neck, and shoulders. This is where a Chiropractor comes in. Chiropractic care can help fix subluxations (faulty function or misalignment) of the jaw with gentle manipulation and soft tissue therapies which help to relax and reeducate the local tissues. Gonstead Chiropractic manipulation utilizes a unique and timeless art of skeletal analysis to detect any harmful areas of poorly functioning spinal or joint motion. The adjustment releases pressure causing the inflammation in your body and restores normal motion to the vertebrae or joint. For optimal health, it is important to find both a comprehensive Dentist and Chiropractor, like Dental Reflections Dublin and The Winchester Institute, to take care of the whole you. We are here to help.