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Morning headache from jaw?

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Grinding teeth?: Maybe you're grinding your teeth at night, which could cause jaw pain and a morning headache. It might not hurt to get evaluated for a night guard.

Answered 3/26/2013

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Maybe: Morning headaches are a common finding in temporomandibular joint or TMJ disorders. They are usually on the side of the head or face. They may be caused by bruxism, or grinding of the teeth during the night while you are asleep. You might benefit from a dental splint, or night guard, if it's properly designed and fabricated by a well-trained dentist. Don't use the over-the-counter kind of splint.

Answered 10/3/2016

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Anything: Headaches can come from tension, dehydration, lack of sleep/poor sleep, skipping meals, stress, sleep apnea/snoring, or chronic sinus problems, teeth grinding, migraines.

Answered 1/30/2014

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Indirectly: Some headaches are associated with clenching of the jaw called nocturnal para functional brutism. These nighttime events create tremendous muscle force and activity that can be at play with morning headache symptoms. Find a dentist trained in treating headache pain with a nti devise.

Answered 9/28/2016

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Dr. Jeffrey Bassman answered

Specializes in Dentistry

Vague: Certainly need a lot more info. Duration, intensity, location. Keep a pain diary if you can and document your headaches. Then consider seeing your doctor. It could be due to grinding your teeth during sleep which tenses the muscles of the face and head.

Answered 12/9/2013

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