Malocclusion: Why do more females than males have headaches

By Joseph Gronka posted 09-16-2013 05:07 AM

Hypothetical: What if you select one or more of each, male/female, identical in age, size and fitness, provide same nutrition and exercise for a specified period, and at the end of this period you had a contest of strength and endurance. Which one/group will win the contest. I would bet on the males. I think that there was a U.S. Army study done on this some time before 1990, at a time when there were concerns about women serving in combat roles. I believe that men will develop a stronger musculo-skeletal system under the circumstances described above.

The gnathostomatic system is no different than any other system of the body in that it is only as strong as it's weakest part/link. In the case of women, muscles are, in most cases, the weakest link. The muscular hyperactivity caused by malocclusion via searching for the most comfortable interocclusal position for the mandible to rest, is responsible for hypertonicity in the muscles of closure. These muscles and their antagonists are the ones causing the pain in TMD, headaches, and at least some migraines. Think of the frequency of male patients who have heavy wear patterns in the dentition, but no headaches. Why? Because the musculature is not the weakest link. In this regard, women are luckier than men because they do not destroy their teeth and hypertonic muscles are easier to treat in resolving the problem. In each case it is only so if the dentists know what it is they are seeing.

I recognize the fact that there are other causes of headaches and migraines. Is it just by coincidence that an existing malocclusion can be found in almost every instance? What is easier  to diagnose and treat? Malocclusion or vascular inflammation or any of the other causes on the list. I say malocclusion, by far, is easiest. I eliminate the simplest "cause" and go from there. I now believe that cervical misalignments are the simplest and refer to DCs before, or simultaneously in certain cases, treating the malocclusion. This approach, for me, has resulted in superior results.
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09-25-2013 04:24 PM

As a non-dentist who suffers from headaches and malocclusion I found your blog very interesting. My headaches are often worse after a bad night of grinding and affect everything from eating to sleeping.
What I found most interesting, though is the idea of muscle structure being weaker in women. You would think that someone like me, who talks for the greater part of my day for my job, would have a very strong muscle structure. But often it is the overuse that makes my TMJ worse.