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Dental Device Target Disputed

Teeth-grinding doesn't cause migraines, headache expert says

People try lots of things to cure headaches. Pills, stress-reduction techniques and exercise, to name a few. Now, there's something new, and it comes from a dentist.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports on the NTI Tension Suppression System, an inch-wide device that stops teeth grinding. Dr. James Boyd, the California dentist who developed it, says it can also halt tension headaches and migraines.

But even though the Food and Drug Administration approved the device last month, the executive chairman and co-founder of the Headache Foundation calls Boyd's claims ridiculous. Grinding your teeth doesn't trigger migraines, Dr. Seymour Diamond says.

Boyd says he isn't surprised that some would be skeptical of the device, which averages $325 per patient.

Teeth grinding, also called bruxism, can be serious. This Detroit News story discusses the importance of getting treatment.

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