Why Do Teeth Feel Fuzzy?

In general, you expect your teeth to feel smooth when you run your tongue over them. Sometimes, however, you may be surprised to find they don’t feel as you expect. Instead, they have a fuzzy feel. You may wonder why your teeth feel fuzzy sometimes and if it is a sign of an issue. Let’s take a closer look.


What Causes Teeth to Feel Fuzzy?

Many people indicate the fuzzy feel occurs in the morning. In fact, often it goes away after brushing and flossing. The reason your teeth don’t feel smooth in the morning is that plaque has built up overnight. While you sleep, you obviously aren’t brushing your teeth or eating crunchy foods. In addition, your saliva production is reduced overnight so plaque and bacteria in your mouth won’t be washed away.

In fact, the bacteria starts to multiply and adhere to your teeth while you are sleeping. They create a coating to protect themselves which is how plaque builds up. If that sounds gross, it is because it is kind of gross. It is also not good for the health of your teeth or your body. By brushing and flossing when you first wake up, you remove the plaque and bacteria, restoring your teeth to their smooth state. If you don’t brush or aren’t successful at removing the plaque, your teeth will continue to feel fuzzy.

To reduce the likelihood of having fuzzy feeling teeth after a meal or when you wake up, consider taking the following steps:

  • Minimize the amount of sticky and starchy foods you consume.
  • Drink water with your meal to rinse of your teeth as you eat.
  • At the end of your meal, eat a hard, crunchy item like an apple or a carrot.
  • Brush your teeth after each meal.
  • Eat fewer foods that contain a lot of sugar.

What to do if Your Teeth Still Feel Fuzzy

If your teeth still feel fuzzy after you brush, evaluate your brushing technique. Are you brushing for the appropriate amount of time? Do you need to replace your toothbrush with a new one because the bristles are worn out? Proper brushing should help minimize the fuzzy feeling.

You may also be due for a dental visit. Tartar will buildup over time if the plaque is not removed by brushing. Having a dental cleaning every six months will remove the tartar. This will prevent your teeth from continuing to feel fuzzy and will reduce your risk of developing gum disease. If you haven’t been to the dentist in a while, consider making an appointment. 

Schedule an appointment for a dental cleaning today and your teeth will feel so much better. You can give us a call, or book your appointment online on our website!

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