Help For Your Child’s Headaches
Are you finding that your otherwise happy, carefree child is suddenly experiencing headaches? Are you coming up short when it comes to obvious answers? Believe it or not, sometimes-simple concerns – even dental issues –are to blame. From problems with a poorly balanced bite to not-so-ideal snacks, factors you may never have considered can play into chronic headaches. Visit us for a dental checkup, so we can get to the bottom of the pain and offer effective solutions to improve comfort.
Your Child’s Consultation
We will begin by examining your son or daughter. First, we will take visual inventory of your child’s mouth. We may also gather digital X-rays to see what’s happening beneath the surface of your child’s teeth and gums. Fortunately, gathering some of the information is as easy as discussing symptoms with your child, so we will gently ask some important questions to narrow down the possible contributing factors during the dental checkup.
Personalized Treatment and Suggestions
We will suggest a personalized treatment plan based on our findings. Because headaches may occur as the result of many factors, consider some potential issues that may need to be addressed:
- Improved Dental Work: Does your child have a filling? Or a dental crown? If so, if old dental work is causing even the slightest imbalance with your child’s smile, the result may include headaches as a result of jaw strain. We can improve dental work to alleviate discomfort.
- Altering Daily Habits: Does your child like to chew on ice, bite his or her fingernail, or chew on the end of a pencil while doing homework? These constant motions may cause jaw joint stress, leading to headaches.
- Taking A Look At Snacks: During your child’s dental checkup, we will speak with you about snack choices that may alleviate headaches. Ingredients like caffeine can make their way into cleverly packaged items (some beverages often look like juice but are not). Caffeine may cause headaches, or may cause or exacerbate bruxism (teeth grinding), which leads to discomfort.