Over 29 million Americans suffer from migraines. The NTI-tss is indicated for migraine prevention. It is a small nightguard that comfortably fits over your four front teeth. Its patented design keeps your canine and back teeth apart. This separation minimizes the intensity of your nighttime clenching forces.

What is an NTI again?

It has been a while since we have discussed what the NTI is and how it works, I think it is about time for a refresher on the subject. 

The NTI is a small, clear nightguard that only covers your four front teeth. Due to its small size, it is comfortable to wear while you sleep. The NTI-tss Plus™ is custom fabricated to be worn on either your upper or lower teeth and is made of safe, non-toxic thermoplastic that does not contain Bisphenol A.

Everyone clenches their teeth during sleep. For many, clenching and grinding causes migraine or tension-type headaches. The NTI  reduces clenching by not allowing the canine or back teeth to touch. This diminishes  muscle contractions in the head and face. Intense muscle activity can cause headaches and migraines.

To demonstrate how the NTI works, touch the muscles of your temples while biting down on a pencil with your back teeth as hard as possible. The temporal muscles will bulge and intensely contract. when you bite down on a pencil, with only the front teeth, the temporal muscles remain relaxed.

If you are interested in getting and NTI-tss Plus, contact us by clicking here or call the Headache Hotline at 1-877-684-7587.  The NTI is only available from licensed dentist. We can locate a dental provider in your area that offers the NTI-tss Plus™.


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10 Types of Headaches and Quick Tips to Combat Them

Migraine Sufferer10. Sinus Headaches: treat the underlying cause of the headache - your inflamed sinus cavities. Use saline nasal spray, a humidifier or prescription antibiotics.

9. Cluster Headaches: cut out drinking alcohol and smoking. Oxygen therapy, breathing pressurized oxygen through a mask for a few minutes, can help shrink swollen blood vessels.

8. Migraines: over the counter drugs or prescriptions for preventative & curative medicines are common.  Also, the NTI and relieving stress, getting the appropriate amount of sleep and exercise can help as well.

7. Tension-Type Headaches: Relaxation and over the counter headache medications can help. Try to reduce stress, maybe it's time to treat yourself to a massage.

6. Headaches From Eye Strain: Try to reduce the activity causing the strain if possible. Take breaks from staring at a computer or television screen for long periods of time. If at work, even a more spine friendly chair can help. If the headaches continue, it is a good idea to see an eye specialist.

5. Hormone Headaches: A lot of women suffer from hormone headaches, applying a cold compress to your neck & head can help, massage your neck & shoulders. Consult your doctor about diuretics (helpful for some women) or you can take over the counter medications such as Advil or Motrin.

4. Medication Induced Headaches: sometimes too much headache cure is the source of new headaches. Reduce the use of painkillers.

3. Hangovers:  The most easily preventable type of headache.  A few things that help; sleep, fluids, darkness, snacks and over the counter pain relievers.

2. Transformed Migraines (Mixed Headache Syndrome): Sometimes migraines become regular, unwelcome fixtures in a person's life. Referred to as transformed or chronic migraines.  These can be helped by maintaining a healthy weight & develop good coping methods for stress. specialists may be able to find a combination of available migraine treatments to help prevent or relieve these reoccurring headaches.

1. Caffeine Withdrawal: If you want to kick caffeine, lower your intake slowly over many days to avoid the pain.

The TOP 10 list was provided by Discovery Fit and Health.

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TMJ Can Cause Headaches As Well

TMJ disorder, or temporomadibular joint disorder is a common diagnosis for many patients across the country.  This disorder can be a bite imbalance  involving the jaw joint as well as the associated muscles and teeth.  

In a recent article published in Wrightsville Beach Magazine, Dr. Michael Kuzma, D.D.S, of Kuzma Advanced Dentistry says, "The bite imbalances can be likened to having a pebble in your shoe. If you continue to walk with that imbalance, the muscles and joints of your knee, hip and back would soon be affected. This is also what is happening when you have imbalances in your bite; signs and symptoms will soon be present." 

These bite imbalances can occur continually over time, affecting the muscles of the head and neck resulting in pain. TMJ disorder can also be attributed to a myriad of causes: major and minor trauma, from an automobile accident, interpersonal violence or sports injury, to grinding of the teeth, nail biting or even gum chewing. The force of these interactions typically cause inflammation of the tendons and tissues around this joint, and if not treated properly, can lead to major discomfort.

Some signs and symptoms in addition to clicking and popping jaw noises might include headaches and migraines or jaw, facial and neck pains. 

Dr. Brady Semmel, DMD, MD of Semmel Oral & Facial Surgery uses "therapies that are painless, pleasant and require no drugs or needles" to treat TMJ. "These treatments use systems and methods perfected in sports medicines. We have been extensively trained in these systems and methods. This training, combined with experience and technology, enables us to effectively treat the cause of the problem and not just the symptoms. "

Also, having regular dental checkups can notify patients if they are on the way to developing harmful conditions, which further decreases chances of contracting TMJ. Younger patients can be referred to an orthodontist to correct bite problems and misalignment of teeth. Addressing any concerns that may develop in the early stages after encountering trauma is also important. 

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Migraines linked to Colic in Infants

crying babyA new study of mothers and their babies by neurologists at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) has shown that mothers that suffer from migraines are more than twice as likely to have babies with colic as mothers without a history of migraines.

The research raises the question of whether colic may be an early symptom of migraine and therefore whether reducing stimulation may help just as reducing light and noise can alleviate migraine pain.

This research is significant because excessive crying is one of the most common triggers for shaken baby syndrome which can cause death, brain damage and severe disability. “If we can understand what is making the babies cry, we may be able to protect them from this very dangerous outcome,” said Amy Gelfand, MD, a child neurologist with the Headache Center at UCSF.

Colic, or excessive crying in an otherwise unhealthy infant, has been associated with gastrointestinal problems, presumably caused by something the baby ate. Despite over 50 years of research, no definitive link has been proven between infant colic and gastrointestinal problems, according to UCSF.

In the study, mothers who suffered migraines were found to be two-and-a-half times for likely to have colicky babies. Overall, 29% of infants whose mothers had migraines had colic compared to 11% of babies whose mothers did not have migraines.

Gelfand and her colleagues believe colic may be an early manifestation of a set of conditions known as childhood periodic syndromes, believed to be precursors to migraine headaches later in life.

Just as migraine sufferers are more sensitive to stimuli in their environment, babies with colic may be as well. “They may have more difficulty coping with the onslaught of new stimuli after birth as they are thrust from the dark, warm, muffled life inside the womb into a world that is bright, cold, noisy and filled with touchy hands and bouncy knees,” according to a UCSF article.

The next step for the research team is to study a group of colicky babies over the course of their childhood to see if they develop other childhood periodic syndromes, such as abdominal migraine.

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Diddy Suffers Too

It's no secret that migraines can be brought on any where and at any time, and also, to anyone.  Occasionally we here of a celebrity that has suffered from a migraine and received treatment. this past weekend, after the Grammy Awards,  Sean "Diddy" Combs was hospitalized in the early hours of Monday morning with an extreme migraine according to TMZ.com.

Diddy had hosted a post-Grammy party at the Playboy mansion on Sunday night and then felt the full affects of the migraine. TMZ reported that his entourage became so concerned that they drove him to the University of California Los Angeles emergency room.

Sources say that Diddy's migraine wasn't related to anything that occurred at the party.  He did tweet "Thanks for all the twitter love! I'm fine. I just had the craziest migraine. I'm just sleeping it off now. Thank you. Love yall," on Monday to let everyone know he was doing fine.

The migraine was only a minor setback, and just after 2pm on Monday, he was back on twitter, tweeting in excitement about NBA All-Star weekend.Diddy

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