Dental malocclusion as a risk factor in the etiology of headaches in children and adolescents: A study model analysis
Lambourne, Kevin Chad
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A common belief among orthodontists is that the ideal static occlusion is compatible with an ideal functional occlusion. This belief has led many to conclude that occlusal discrepancies are one of the major etiological factors in the multifactorial origin of temporomandibular disorders (TMD) and recurrent tension-type headache. The purpose of this study is to evaluate and describe the relationship between malocclusion and headache in children and adolescents without TMD or other craniomandibular disorders signs and symptoms in order to facilitate more evidence-based therapies in the treatment of headache in these types of children and adolescents. The study sample of 100 children and adolescents ages 8-16 was taken from the patient records of the Orthodontic Graduate Program, State University of New York at Buffalo. Only overbite, overjet and posterior crossbite showed statistically significant association (p < .05) with increased risk for headache.