A Fort Saskatchewan dentist listed clenching or grinding teeth, as the most common problem seen in patients.
Dentist Ryan Gauf with Cornerstone Dental estimated 75 per cent of people have some degree of grinding or clenching and just 20 per cent seek treatment.
“A lot of people aren’t aware of it or if they are aware of it, they just don’t know there’s things we can do to help minimize or prevent it or curb it,” said Gauf.
Symptoms include waking up thinking about your jaw, a headache in the morning or your partner saying they hear you grinding your teeth.
If not treated, clenching or grinding your teeth can have long term effects. It can wear out your teeth, break teeth and is hard on your jaw joints and muscles in the face.
Gauf added it can be treated with night guards and other things to reduce the effects.