The proportion of overjet and overbite problems in adolescents with tension-type headache

Thalita Audi, Widya Kusumadewy, Erwin Siregar

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An overjet and overbite beyond the normal limits can both increase the contraction of the masticatory muscle, which can be a cause of tension-type headache (TTH). TTH is the most common type of headache, and it may affect various aspects of the patient's quality of life. The aim of this study was to determine the proportion of these malocclusions among adolescents in the 11th grade at 81 Jakarta High School who suffered from TTH. Methods: Headache questionnaires were distributed to 324 students before guided interviews were conducted. Among them, 112 subjects were diagnosed with TTH, and they underwent an examination to measure their overjet and overbite using periodontal probes. Results: The results showed that 43.4% of subjects suffered from TTH, of which 40.2% had an overjet problem (26.8% had an excessive overjet, while 13.4% had an anterior cross bite) and 30.4% had an overbite problem, for example, a deep bite. Conclusion: The number of adolescents with TTH accompanied by overjet and overbite problems was fewer than adolescent with TTH who had a normal overjet and overbite.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)729-734
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of International Dental and Medical Research
Issue numberSpecialissue
Publication statusPublished - 2017


  • Anterior cross bite
  • Deep bite
  • Excessive overjet
  • Tension-type headache


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