Joseph Ramellini, DMD

Gabrielle Ramellini, DMD, Diplomate, ABDSM

Joseph Ramellini, DMD

Gabrielle Ramellini, DMD, Diplomate, ABDSM

Why Do My Teeth Feel Fuzzy?

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Should you be worried when your teeth feel fuzzy? They’re normally so smooth, right? Well, don’t worry. We’ll go over what that fuzzy feeling exactly is, and how to avoid it.

The “Fuzz” on Fuzzy Teeth

There are two main sources of the fuzzy feeling on teeth:

  1. Your teeth may feel fuzzier in the morning because of plaque that builds up on the surface of your teeth over night due to decreased saliva flow. Plaque accumulation can be exacerbated by not brushing enough, not brushing properly, and consuming sugary foods and beverages.
  2. You can also get that fuzzy feeling on your teeth after eating certain healthy foods as well!

  1. Plaque Accumulation
  2. Plaque is a sticky film of bacteria that grows on your teeth. When left untouched, plaque bacteria will multiply and create acids when they feed on leftover food particles in your mouth. This acid dissolves enamel and can lead to cavities and tartar (that can only be removed by a dental professional), which can cause gum disease. Untreated tooth decay and gum disease will eventually result in tooth loss! Moreover, if you eat sugary and starchy foods (candy, donuts, pasta, etc.) and drink sugary, acidic beverages (soda, coffee, tea, alcohol, etc.), you will develop even more plaque.

    How to Get Rid of Plaque:

    To effectively banish that fuzzy feeling and protect your enamel, you must limit your sugar intake, and daily brush and floss to remove plaque from the surface and in between your teeth.

  3. Certain Foods with Oxalic Acid
  4. There are certain healthy foods that also leave a sticky substance on teeth that make them feel fuzzy, but not because of plaque. If you eat a lot of spinach, kale, beets, or rhubarb, for example, your teeth might feel unpleasant due to their high concentration of oxalic acid.

    How to Get Rid of Oxalic Acid:

    Interestingly enough, eating foods that contain Vitamin C are said to counteract the sticky feeling of oxalic acid. Just don’t go overboard with the citrus, since the acid can cause damage to your teeth. Overall, it’s best to eat a balanced diet and drink plenty of water to curb the effects of foods high in oxalic acid and promote healthy teeth!

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Our team at Peak Dentistry is here to provide you with a comfortable environment and the tools you need to have better control of your oral health. Schedule an appointment with us today and start smiling again!

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