Unfortunately, successful headache relief isn’t always as simple as just putting a pencil between your teeth. The pencil helps reposition your jaw, and for many people we can say that it puts the jaw in a more comfortable position.
However, it’s hardly a precise treatment, and for some people the pencil might actually put the jaw in a more uncomfortable position. Regular use of the pencil trick might lead to more tension in the long run, tension in different muscles, or may contribute to tension and damage to the jaw joint. This all becomes worse if people improperly bite down on the pencil, which will also contribute to tooth damage.
You can try the pencil trick, but if it works, you don’t want to rely on it long-term. Instead, schedule an appointment with a TMJ dentist, who can determine the proper position for your jaw and develop a custom bite splint that will relieve tension in your jaw, headaches, and other TMJ symptoms while promoting jaw joint health.
For an appointment with a Tulsa TMJ dentist, please call élan by Dr. Meghan Hodges at (918) 528-3330.