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West End Dental Inc Reopening
West End Dental is excited to begin seeing patients safely. These are unprecedented times, and we want to reassure you that we have taken every precaution to ensure your safety and wellbeing during your visit.

•  Taking temperatures and pulse oximetry measurements of every patient and caregiver before they enter our clinic.
•  Screening each person entering the building for any symptoms and redirecting them if symptoms are present.
•  Modifying our waiting rooms and how we deliver care to honor social distancing.
•  All caregivers will be masked as well as patients anytime they are not receiving treatment.
•  Increased cleaning procedures, frequency, and improved products for cleaning
•  We also request that patients please arrive as close to their appointment time as they can and that they please not bring additional persons to their appointment if possible.

We ask that you understand that our provider's time is more crucial than ever and request that you be prompt to your appointment, arriving no sooner or later than your appointment time. Understand that if you cancel your appointment less than 48 hours in advance or are more than 15 minutes late to your visit, we may charge your account a $50.00 non-refundable fee.

Thank you for choosing West End Dental. We are committed to safe, compassionate care, especially as we continue to deal with impacts of COVID-19. If you have any concerns before, during, or after you visit, please do not hesitate to make us aware of them. We are all in this together and are committed to creating a safe, compassionate and healing environment.

Migraines Are Sometimes Caused by Oral Health Issues

Posted on 4/25/2019 by Dr. James A. Krippaehne
Migraines Are Sometimes Caused by Oral Health IssuesIf you suffer from migraine headaches or tension headaches, you may be aware that there can be many different things that can trigger a migraine.

Some common causes of migraines are lack of sleep, improper diet, stress, alcohol, food allergies and even simply genetics. But did you know that poor oral health can also trigger migraines?

Oral Bacteria and Migraines

There may be a connection between your frequent migraines and oral bacteria. If you are suffering from migraines, please talk to one of our dentists so that we can help determine if there is a connection between your oral health and your headaches. Some types of bacteria can increase the nitric oxide levels in your bloodstream, and this can cause a migraine.

If your migraines are frequent, or if you are not certain if they are migraines, mention that to our dentist. TMJ pain can mimic migraine pain, and even cause migraines.

So where does this bacterium come from? Bacteria that are present in your mouth are a result of a natural buildup of food debris, tartar and plaque. This happens daily and needs to be removed by brushing your teeth twice daily and flossing at least once per day. The bacteria that causes migraines is a result of improper oral health care which leads to cavities and oral infections. Once these infections reach the blood stream, this is what triggers a migraine.

Grinding Teeth and Misaligned Jaw

If you grind your teeth at night or suspect that you may have a misaligned jaw, these two things can also cause migraines and tension headaches. Our dentists will check not only for decay, but we will check for abnormal wear of your teeth to determine if that could be the cause of your migraines. If you are suffering, please do not hesitate to call our office right away and schedule an appointment.
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