If you suffer from migraines, you know how they affect your quality of life when they strike. Migraines aren’t well understood, but researchers believe that certain triggers can prompt them. What you may not know is that we may be able to help prevent your migraines, as a 2016 study found a connection between migraines and certain types of oral bacteria.

The Research Behind the Migraine-Oral Health Connection

A recent study found a potential link between migraine headaches and bacteria nitrite, nitrate, and nitric oxide reducers. People with migraines were found to have higher levels of these oral bacteria than people who didn’t suffer from migraines. This means that migraine relief may be achievable by reducing oral bacteria levels.

How to Reduce Oral Bacteria Levels

Now that you know that oral bacteria could contribute to migraines, it is important to learn how to keep these bacteria levels in check. The most important thing that we suggest is to keep up with your regular teeth cleanings, as we clean away bacteria and treat cavities and gum disease. We can also discuss your headaches to determine if other factors like TMJ could be contributing to your discomfort.

The foods that you eat also play a big role in oral bacteria levels. Foods that are high in sugar and carbohydrates are fuel for bacteria, allowing them to multiply. Foods that are high in nitrites and nitrates should be avoided or consumed in moderation, and these include ham, hot dogs, chocolate, and alcohol.

Of course, a good oral hygiene routine is also essential in maintaining low oral bacteria levels. Brushing and flossing daily is your body’s first line of defense against oral bacteria.

Whether you suffer from migraine headaches or are simply in need of a cleaning, we are here to help. Please give our office a call today to set up your next appointment.