Your Dentist and Migraine
this newsletter I will explain how you and your Dentist can work
together to uncover your Migraine Triggers.
confused. I know that I am getting the best Dental care possible
and I feel very confident in the work that my Dentist is
doing for me. My Dentist also says that there is nothing
wrong with my teeth. But I still suffer from many of the
Migraine symptoms that are mentioned on your website. Why is
The area that Dentists
are not aware of, is a possible presence of Migraine Triggers
between your upper and lower teeth. These Migraine Triggers
do not show when you smile. Migraine Triggers are caused by
Interference, however minor, when you, the patient, fully
excurse. Does your Dentist ever ask you to keep your teeth
together and slide your jaw from side to side as far as you can
go, because this can show Migraine Triggers.
have a question for you. When you try to perform that
movement just mentioned, do you experience pain, chattering of the
lower jaw or even inability to complete these motions? If the
answer to my question is "Yes", that you cannot move
your jaw smoothly with your lower teeth closed on your upper
teeth, in other words "in contact", because you
experience pain etc., then you have one or more of the 16
Migraine Triggers already present in your mouth ready to cause
your Migraine pain.
I have visited always ask me to tap my teeth together gently
whenever they have completed any Dental work in my mouth.
Why do they do that and what are they looking for?
Dentists would be
looking for any high spots that could cause you to hit those areas
first when you close your teeth together. Instead of having
my patients do the "tap-tap" routine, I always use
marking paper and ask them to close their teeth together and
then to slide (excurse) their teeth, "in
contact", across the marking paper as far as they can
go to the left and then as far as they can go to the right, always
keeping their teeth together, to identify possible Migraine
make those moves or try to make them, what does that tell the
When I have my patients
use the marking paper and sliding methods, I can quickly and
easily see 2 things:
if they can or
cannot make the left, and right movements due to muscle spasm
resulting from Interference between the teeth in the upper and
lower Dental arches and,
where the areas of
Then I can begin to
eliminate their Migraine Triggers by treating those areas of Interference.
can Dentists check for Triggers of Migraine in my mouth?
My first book, "The
Myofascial Syndrome Its Causes and Treatment", goes into
details listing all the areas of Interference that your Dentist
can look for in your mouth and gives the required treatment to
eliminate each one.
Sufferer: Is there anything that I can do as a
Migraine sufferer, to help my Dentist to locate the potential
Migraine Triggers in my mouth?
Yes, there is.
Look at Chapter 16 of my book "Migraine,
The Causes and Treatment", for self-examination.
Think of the following
comparison between your teeth and cars. On a 2-way
highway, cars meet and almost touch as they pass. If they
maintain their proper positions, no problem in the flow of traffic
develops and they look like a moving ribbon. Similarly, if
teeth maintain their proper positions in the arches, no
Interference develops and the smile is beautiful to behold.
Teeth ought to glide past each other as cars should. If a
car gets out of line, it can meet an oncoming vehicle, scraping
along it in a damaging fashion. So it is when teeth get out
of line. Thus we have the beginning of Migraine Triggers.
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