Symptoms of COVID-19 keep evolving. According to the World Health Organization, the main symptoms are fever, tiredness, dry cough, aches and pains, nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat, and diarrhea. Headaches are not a primary symptom. However, about 14% of the patients do report headaches.
There is a vast increase in headaches among the general population as well – people that don’t have the coronavirus. That’s why you see so many commercials for migraine headache medications; the incidence of headaches are frequently due to the stress this pandemic has caused.
How Does Stress Lead to Headaches?
One frequently overlooked factor is that stress causes people to clench and grind their teeth, also known as bruxism. As this occurs, it affects much more than the teeth. As the jaw muscles contract, it can trigger a reflex contraction on the other side of the body and the shoulder and neck muscles, and even into the muscles in the head, either in the temporal region or back of the head. The contraction of these muscles is directly related to headaches. The people that make Botox understand this as they have Botox for migraine headache treatment. One of the main injection sites for this treatment is in the jaw muscles. Preventing them from contracting heavily can prevent the reflex contraction in the shoulder, neck, and head muscles that cause headaches.
Estimates for the number of people that brux or grind their teeth are approximately 1/3 of the population. Still, the American Dental Association (ADA) says that 95% of the population will do this at some point in their life. The key factor here is stress – even people with a healthy bite and a healthy TMJ or joint will clench or grind their teeth if enough stress is added to their lives. During this COVID-19 pandemic, stress levels are at an all-time high. Therefore you don’t need to have the virus to get a headache related to the virus. All you need to do is watch TV, check the internet, the news, or take a trip to the grocery store – it can be frightening.
Again, that’s why we’ve seen so many commercials for medications to treat migraine headaches, and also the Botox commercials to treat migraines, but these are not your only options. As a dentist who treats problems with clenching and grinding, and also as a person who has suffered for many years with headaches related to clenching and grinding, I realize a proper appliance to help prevent bruxism can prevent the headaches. Not everyone wants to get Botox injections or take medications that often have side effects that are not good.
A Solution For Those Who Clench and Grind Their Teeth
Unfortunately, up until now, to get a quality appliance to treat bruxism, you had to go to the dentist and spend $500 or more. Recently a product called GrindReliefN has come on the market. It is available online at an over-the-counter price. Also, a growing number of dentists are providing this device professionally, which they can fit and customize at a higher level and often get insurance coverage.
In either case, this non-invasive option has few side effects and can provide great relief to people who suffer from these maladies. Unlike most other appliances, this is one of the only devices that can actually reduce muscle activity from clenching and grinding by 60% or more, thus treating the problem at its source. It is not just plastic between the teeth; it is science between the teeth like nothing else.
These are stressful times and, if the stress is causing you to grind your teeth, GrindReliefN is an affordable and efficient solution. GrindReliefN is simply the best mouth guard for clenching and grinding your teeth. Contact us to learn more or order one now to try for yourself.