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Surprising Solution To Migraine Pain

El Centro, California (NAPSI) - The next time you get a headache, you might care to consider  this: If you’re like most migraine sufferers, you don’t even know  it, and even if you do, you may not be treating it properly to get the  fastest relief.

The Problem

According to M.A.G.N.U.M., the national migraine association dedicated to  improving the quality of life of migraine and head pain sufferers, an  estimated 60 percent of women and 70 percent of men with migraine have never  been diagnosed.

What’s more, even people who know they have the problem may not know  the cause. A bad bite is “one factor often overlooked” as a cause  of migraine headache pain, reports the InternationalCenter  for Nutritional Research.

For example, explains Dr. Mark Duncan, clinical director of the Las Vegas  Institute for Advanced Dental Studies, physicians often ask women if the  headaches are related to their hormone cycle. Many say “yes” and  then it ends up getting diagnosed as hormone-related migraines when in  reality it’s bite-related muscle cramps in the temples.

An Answer

Fortunately, this dental problem can be corrected. Once you calm and  support those muscles so they’re “happy,” Dr. Duncan says,  the pain disappears.

If someone is suffering from migraines caused by a bad bite, also called  malocclusion, there are ways to find out.

How To Tell

One simple thing to look for: If you bite your teeth together and more  than the tip of your lower front teeth disappear behind your upper front  teeth, you are at risk for your bite being the culprit. In fact, ideally,  only about 1 mm of your lower front teeth should be covered, and if it is  more, the lower jaw is forced backward compared to the head, and that can  cause tremendous muscle strain. Other easy-to-spot problems are wear facets  or flat spots from grinding, or if your dentist or hygienist has talked to  you about toothbrush abrasion. Obviously, patients taking medication for any  form of headache owe it to themselves to have a specially trained dentist  evaluate their bite.

What To Do

If you have those indicators and migraines, you may want to see a neuromuscular  dentist; that is, someone trained to look at all the muscles that support  your bite. Proper treatment will almost certainly and quickly lead to an  improvement because you’ll be dealing with the source of the pain and  not just trying to control the symptoms.

Learn More

For further facts about migraines and to find a dentist with the advanced  training to treat them, visit