A new story in Readers Digest quoted Dr. Konig in an article discussing the causes of headaches:
“Jaw joint dysfunction and bite-related problems are two common headache causes, says Ronald Konig, DDS, a dentist in Houston who specializes in TMJ treatment. ‘A big contributor to these headache episodes is a bad bite relationship. Simply said, this means that the upper and lower jaws have a poor alignment, which results in the muscles of the head and neck being strained,’ Dr. Konig says. ‘The strain is made worse every time you eat, chew or swallow, which is probably in the range of 2,500 to 3,000 times per day.'”
The story is an attempt to inform readers of “Surprising Causes of Headaches”. TMJ certainly fits in this category. Many headache patients have been to allergists, neurologists, ENTs, pain management physicians, and tried all types of remedies to no avail. The fact that the way your teeth meet together can cause headaches is not something many people are aware of. In addition to headaches, many patients have migraines and neck pain as well, something that affects the quality of one’s daily lives.