ADA Accessibility Information


Team Vaccinations
We follow the COVID-19 guidance from the Oregon Health Authority.

Migraines Are Sometimes Caused by Oral Health Issues

Posted on 4/25/2019 by Office of Dr. James A. Krippaehne
Migraines Are Sometimes Caused by Oral Health IssuesIf you suffer from migraine headaches or tension headaches, you may be aware that there can be many different things that can trigger a migraine.

Some common causes of migraines are lack of sleep, improper diet, stress, alcohol, food allergies and even simply genetics. But did you know that poor oral health can also trigger migraines?

Oral Bacteria and Migraines

There may be a connection between your frequent migraines and oral bacteria. If you are suffering from migraines, please talk to one of our dentists so that we can help determine if there is a connection between your oral health and your headaches. Some types of bacteria can increase the nitric oxide levels in your bloodstream, and this can cause a migraine.

If your migraines are frequent, or if you are not certain if they are migraines, mention that to our dentist. TMJ pain can mimic migraine pain, and even cause migraines.

So where does this bacterium come from? Bacteria that are present in your mouth are a result of a natural buildup of food debris, tartar and plaque. This happens daily and needs to be removed by brushing your teeth twice daily and flossing at least once per day. The bacteria that causes migraines is a result of improper oral health care which leads to cavities and oral infections. Once these infections reach the blood stream, this is what triggers a migraine.

Grinding Teeth and Misaligned Jaw

If you grind your teeth at night or suspect that you may have a misaligned jaw, these two things can also cause migraines and tension headaches. Our dentists will check not only for decay, but we will check for abnormal wear of your teeth to determine if that could be the cause of your migraines. If you are suffering, please do not hesitate to call our office right away and schedule an appointment.
We believe in educating patients about their treatment options and listening to their questions and concerns.
We focus on prevention so that you keep your smile healthy. We provide excellent comfortable care for all procedures.
Schedule your visit today for cleaning, treatment, or consultation.
Request your appointment

Our address
West End Dental
833 SW 11th Ave Suite 300
Portland, OR 97205

Where to park
Smart park 10th Ave.

Street car stop info
Street Car Line Accessible
Get off at SW 11th & Taylor
Stop ID 9633

Pay online at West End Dental
Patient Payment Portal

Make a Payment

Copyright © 2018-2024 West End Dental and WEO Media (Touchpoint Communications LLC). All rights reserved.  Sitemap
Dental Blog | Portland OR | West End Dental
West End Dental, 833 SW 11th Ave, Suite 300 Portland, OR 97205; (503) 446-2957;; 5/17/2024; Tags: dentist Downtown Portland;