“Mom, why do teeth feel fuzzy sometimes?” If your child has ever asked you this question or you have wondered it yourself, you may want to know exactly why those usually smooth teeth can sometimes feel a little fuzzy.
Generally, teeth feel fuzzy, or, as others have described it, “furry”, upon awakening in the morning. When you run your tongue across your teeth, they may feel slightly rough. The reason for this is moderate and normal plaque formation, which occurs when saliva production decreases overnight. However, if you’re experiencing this fuzzy feeling throughout the day, it is likely due to sugary or sticky foods that accumulate on and between the teeth, leading to increased plaque formation.
Now that we know what’s causing this funny feeling, let’s do something about it!
- 1. Brush twice per day to help loosen and remove plaque buildup. If your teeth still feel fuzzy after brushing, then Dr. Chittajallu can help you remove plaque with a professional and thorough teeth cleaning.
- 2. Floss at least once per day to remove hidden food particles and bacteria. Brushing alone does not completely remove debris between the teeth. Flossing is an important factor in reducing plaque buildup.
- 3. Eat nourishing foods that help clean your teeth. Choose vitamin-rich snacks over sugary and sticky treats. Apples, carrots, celery, and strawberries are a few of the delicious foods that help strengthen and clean teeth while providing optimal nutrition.
- 4. Visit Southwest Smiles two times per year for a professional and deep cleaning. During these cleanings, the plaque is removed and tooth surfaces smoothed ensuring that any future plaque has a hard time sticking to your teeth.
If your teeth are feeling fuzzy and standard at-home oral care has not helped, contact us today for a consultation!
We look forward to treating you!