H Charles Jelinek Jr DDS - November 2019

Chronic Head Pain Isn’t Normal, But Relief Is Possible Headache, Again? You roll out of bed each morning, and your head is already throbbing. You wake up in a fog with pressure behind your eyes and up through your skull. Perhaps every day, at the same time, you experience a numbing headache. Maybe these happen sporadically throughout the day, but you can’t go just one day without head pain weaseling its way into your life.

ENGAGE YOUR KIDS ON THANKSGIVING With These Gratitude-Themed Games

Do any of these situations sound familiar to you?

If you’re living like this, please understand it is not normal — and you do have options.

Headaches, though common, are not normal. Head pain is a message from your body that something is wrong, and while the source of this pain can vary from person to person, it should never be taken lightly. Headaches can be caused by your diet, light sensitivity, hormones, or an injury, but a vast number of headaches can also come from jaw problems. Dental-related headaches are often triggered by temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD) and teeth grinding. These headaches are called tension headaches. The tension comes from muscle strain near your jaw’s temporomandibular joints (TMJ), poor jaw alignment or posture, and stress. But you don’t have to live with this pain just because it exists or is something you have always managed on your own. Dr. Jelinek has treated a variety of patients who have lived with chronic head pain nearly their entire lives, and after a few weeks of treatment, they have reported headaches very infrequently. When jaw problems or teeth grinding are the suspected culprits of your headaches, treatment often begins with an evaluation with Dr. Jelinek. By examining your teeth and TMJs, Dr. Jelinek will determine the source of your pain. Often, the best treatment option is to correct your bite, which is easily treated with custom oral appliances and therapeutic techniques. Many of Dr. Jelinek’s patients who have undergone treatment have drastically seen a reduction in the number of headaches that occur each month — if any occur at all. Don’t continue believing headaches are the norm. Learn more about treatment for your head pain by calling 703-584-5996 or visiting NorthernVirginiaDental.com.

Thanksgiving is an excellent time to teach children about gratefulness. By planning some fun, gratitude-themed games, you can impart a valuable lesson and spend some quality family time together. Get your kids in the holiday spirit by adding a Thanksgiving twist to these classic games. PICTIONARY Want to bring out your kids’ creative sides? Pictionary is the perfect way to encourage artistic expression and grateful thinking. Try adding a rule where players have to draw something they’re grateful for. This will get your kids thinking beyond turkey and stuffing and give them an imaginative way to express their gratitude. Plus, who doesn’t love a good art contest? GUESS WHO? To play gratitude-themed Guess Who?, have each participant write down their name and something they’re thankful for on a slip of paper and put it in a bowl. Then, at the dinner table, have each person draw a random slip and read what it says without saying the name while everyone else tries to guess who wrote it. While Pictionary may get your kids talking about what they are thankful for, Guess Who? will tune them into what others around them are thankful for too. PICK-UP STICKS Like regular pick-up sticks, the goal is to remove a stick from a haphazard pile without disturbing the others. However, by using colored sticks that represent different kinds of thankfulness — such as places, people, or food — you can make players think outside the box. This will ensure you get a wide range of creative, thoughtful answers whenever the kids pick up a stick. These modified games are great for helping your kids realize how much they have to be thankful for. Use these to spend some fun, educational, quality time with your family this Thanksgiving.

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