think of Interference as a kind of a bump or rut in a road, an
obstruction in the pathway that your lower teeth want to take
across your upper teeth while you sleep. It is human
nature to want to be comfortable when you travel along a road, so
what do you do? You regrade or smooth the road to fill in
the ruts, and remove the high spots that are the bumps. Your
lower jaw tries to do this job for you. It tries to do the
"regrading" to smooth out the road along which it would
like to travel. If the Interference between the teeth
in the upper and lower jaws (arches) is severe, then the muscles
of the lower jaw have too much work to do and may go into
spasm. This can cause the person to wake up with head pain.
It is important to realize that when we chew, not only do we move
our jaw up-and-down like that of a dog, but we also move our jaw
sideways like that of a cow - the way Nature designed us to do.
Another way to think of it is like two mill stones coming together
to crush the wheat seeds into flour. If there is a rough
spot or some form of Interference on one or both of the stones,
then the motion of the rotating wheels becomes lopsided or wobbly,
and the job of preparing the seeds to be made into flour
becomes inefficient, so that some form of intervention to locate
the problem area (Interference) and remove it must be carried out.
A fully functional articulator mimics all your possible lower jaw
movements. Only when your Dentist accurately mounts your
upper and lower models on such an articulator and manually checks
the relationships of the teeth, can Interference, the Dental
Trigger of Migraine,
In my new book, "Migraine,
The Causes and Treatment", I cover in more detail
the 16 Dental Triggers of Migraine,
while in my first book ,"The Myofascial Syndrome
Its Causes and Treatment", I detail step-by-step
directions for the Dentist to use to eliminate these Dental
Triggers of Migraine.
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In my next
newsletter, I will talk about the ways of locating
Interference and the areas where it usually develops.