As the economy grind to a halt, more people are grinding their teeth.
Dentists across North Texas are reporting more people coming in with problems associated with stress.
At Advanced Dentistry in Fort Worth, Dentist Robert Sorokolit has seen a doubling of fractured teeth and an increase of more than 30 percent of teeth grinding than last year.
"We can all agree that's there's been a rise in stress because of the economy," Sorokolit said. "Whenever there's a rise in stress, there's a rise in clinching.
Teeth grinding is a common ailment, he said, but it can lead to more serious problems, such as crack teeth. Most of the time teeth grinding is the result of stress, Sorokolit said.
People who grind their teeth usually are unaware they do. Storee Everage didn't notice it until her husband pointed out to her two years ago.
As the economy worsens, it's become more prevalent, she said.
"Ninety percent of my stress from my job is because the economy is down so I'm tending to not sleep at night," she said.
Dentist Tim Oakes said he is sees the same from his patients.
"In the past, it seemed like it would peak and valley, but when the downturn started this time it seemed to hang on longer," he said.
Oakes said teeth grinding usually goes up during stressful time periods, such as wars, presidential elections and tax day. However, he said none have spiked this much.
While teeth grinding is bad, it can be easily corrected by night guards. The plastic guards protect the teeth, but they can be expensive -- ranging from $300 to more than $1,000.
And with the slumping economy, Sorokolit said more people are passing on them.
"A lot of people say I just can't afford that right now," he said.
Although, both dentists said the best way to stop teeth grinding is to simply relax.
Everage hopes that relaxation will come by the way of a rebounding economy.