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Why Do My Teeth Feel Fuzzy?

Closeup of the mouth of a women with red lipstick running her pink tongue over her fuzzy teeth

So you’ve just run your tongue across your teeth and realized that they felt fuzzy instead of smooth… Should you be concerned? Although it’s nothing to call 911 over, that unpleasant fuzzy feeling you get could indicate some not-so-great oral health or eating habits. Let’s break it down.

Causes of the Fuzz

Paying attention to your habits is a great way to find out the cause of your fuzzy teeth and how you can remedy the situation. Here are two common causes:

  1. You may have fuzzy teeth from eating certain foods with oxalic acid, like spinach, chard, kale, rhubarb, collards, beet greens, and parsley. Don’t avoid these healthy foods though! Try pairing them with foods high in vitamin C, drinking plenty of water during your meal, and chewing sugar-free gum afterward to wash away that sticky feeling.
  2. If your teeth feel fuzzy in the morning, it’s because plaque has grown on your teeth overnight. When you sleep, you get dehydrated and your mouth doesn’t produce as much saliva, which normally fights off bacteria growth. This slimy feeling is worse if you didn’t brush your teeth properly before going to bed, especially if you also ate foods that were high in sugar and simple carbohydrates.

Plaque & Your Teeth

Plaque is a thick, sticky film of bacteria that grows on your teeth if not properly wicked, brushed, and flossed off your teeth. If left undisturbed, plaque will continue to grow, release harmful acids that dissolve your enamel, and harden into tartar. The accumulation of plaque and tartar leads to cavities, gum disease, and eventually tooth loss. If you eat a diet that is high in sugar and starch, you will promote the production of more harmful acid since that’s what plaque feeds on. This is why it is critical to properly brush and floss your teeth daily!

Getting Rid of Plaque

If your teeth are feeling fuzzy because of plaque, consistent brushing and flossing is the best way to stop it. It is also important to limit your intake of added sugar, processed foods, sweet treats, and sugary beverages to protect your enamel. Strive every day to eat a balanced diet and stay hydrated to avoid fuzzy teeth.

We Can Help You Have Clean & Healthy Teeth!

Are your teeth fuzzy despite daily brushing and flossing? It’s time for your biannual dental cleaning! Scheduling regular dental appointments will help you maintain healthy, smooth teeth. Schedule your visit to McKinley Crossing Dental by contacting us today.

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