3 Common Dental Conditions Creating Holiday Headaches

One very famous Christmas song has lyrics that include the line: “It’s the hap-happiest time of the year.” And although that is mostly true, some people find Christmas creates unwanted stress and headaches that go along with that stress. Add the stress of COVID-19, and this is a season like no other in our lifetime.

Dr. E. Scott Saltzman wants his patients in the Triangle to know that sometimes headaches are the result of treatable dental issues. With Christmas and New Year’s right around the corner, Dr. Saltzman, and his staff at E. Scott Saltzman DMD Family and Cosmetic Dentistry want all their patients to have a stress- and pain-free “happiest time of the year.”

Saltzman Dentistry offers three common dental conditions that might cause headaches:

  • Teeth grinding: The official name for teeth grinding is bruxism. People generally aren’t aware they are grinding their teeth because it happens during sleep. This involuntary action, possibly triggered by stress, damages teeth, and often causes jaw, neck, or head pain. When Dr. Saltzman sees evidence of teeth grinding, he helps his patients find the right treatment to alleviate the problem.
  • Misaligned bite: Called malocclusion, bite misalignment is a condition in which teeth don’t meet properly. Malocclusion makes the jaw work harder to bite and chew, causing stress and headaches. Treatment for this dental condition may include retainers, metal braces, clear aligners or oral surgery. Any patient experiencing regular headaches should ask Dr. Saltzman if their teeth could be the source of their pain.
  • Tooth decay: Although it seems obvious that a cavity will make a tooth hurt, the pain can be transferred elsewhere, sometimes as a painful migraine. A migraine that seems to be stress-related may instead be a result of tooth decay or gum disease. Patients are often pleasantly surprised when their headaches stop after receiving dental treatment for oral health issues. 

Don’t let the holidays cause you stress. Call the office of E. Scott Saltzman DMD Family and Cosmetic Dentistry today if there is a suspicion of dental problems and recurring headaches. Dr. Saltzman welcomes new patients and treats all ages, including children.


This informative post about holiday headaches, dental health, and treatments is brought to you by Saltzman Family and Cosmetic Dentistry in Cary NC. Please call us for an appointment today.


919 380 9311


202 Town Village Drive

Cary, NC 27513

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The material contained in this blog article is intended solely for informational purposes and is not intended to be offered as medical advice in any manner or form. Always consult a dentist, doctor or licensed medical professional with any questions.

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