It’s common for those without dental insurance to put off dental check-ups with the hope that they won’t have future problems to deal with.  Unfortunately, you can only avoid the dentist chair for so long, and though cost is usually one of the biggest deterrents, the cost tends to skyrocket when a problem arises later.

What many don’t realize is that a bad cavity can cause additional problems and become a pretty big deal if left untreated, including recurring headaches.  When a tooth gets inflamed, the nerve endings may cause the pain from the tooth to spread to other areas of the head.  As a cavity progresses to a more serious tooth infection without treatment, the infection can spread to other parts of the body through the blood stream.  At this point your dentist along with your primary care doctor may need to be involved in the treatment.

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In addition, you may suffer from headaches when you don’t suspect it being linked to an oral issue.  Issues with your temporomandibular joint (TMJ) may also be the culprits of persistent headaches.  Many people clench their jaw and grind their teeth without realizing to what extent and the pain that results from it.  Often, when a primary care doctor cannot determine the cause of persistent headaches, a referral to a dentist is necessary to get to the bottom of the problem.

If you think that an untreated cavity is causing headaches or if you feel like your may be suffering fromTMJ disorders, call us right away to get in for a consultation with Dr. Khan.  The dentist will help you determine the best immediate actions needed to get to the bottom of the problem and relieve your pain as soon as possible.  The last thing you want to do is ignore persistent tooth and head pain.  The problem will only escalate and become more severe. The best way to stop cavities, is of course cavity prevention.

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