What Does It Mean to Have Fuzzy Teeth?

by | Mar 4, 2021 | Oral Health

A fact sheet by the World Health Organization states that untreated dental caries in permanent teeth is the most prevalent health condition according to the Global Burden of Disease 2017. Almost 10% of the global population is affected by severe periodontal disease, which results in tooth loss.

All these complications like tooth decay and gum diseases have their genesis in one primary problem, teeth plaques. Have you ever pondered the question, ‘why do my teeth feel fuzzy even after brushing?’ The simple answer is plaque.

 

fuzzy teeth

 

So, what are fuzzy teeth? You may have noticed sometimes your teeth feel gritty early in the morning. Usually, the clean teeth surface should feel smooth and sleek when you roll your tongue over the teeth. But if you have taken your oral hygiene lightly in the past couple of days, you can feel a furry coating or a plaque layer on the teeth surface. This unpleasant stickiness is what we call fuzzy teeth.

Furry teeth are not a matter of grave concern as long as it’s taken care of immediately. If you want to learn more about how to get rid of fuzzy teeth, stay tuned!

 

What are the common causes of fuzzy teeth?

Fuzzy teeth are a natural process that happens to everyone to some extent. Like any ailment, you should first dig into the root of the problem to determine the cure.

 

Formation of plaque

Dental plaque is a sticky, colorless, or light yellow film containing gazillions of bacteria that constantly forms on your teeth’ surface. These bacteria in plaque feed on your food’s sugar content and produce acids, which can be the reason behind tooth decay and cavities and gum diseases like gingivitis and other periodontal diseases.

The difference between tartar and plaque

Tartar is the subsequent form of plaque which is even worse. If plaques are left untreated for about two weeks, it transforms into a hard yellow-brown deposit, coating the teeth along the gumline. Plaques, combine with the minerals from saliva, build this calcified material. At this stage, tartars can only be treated by a dentist.

 

diagnosing plaque

 

How is plaque diagnosed?

Dental professionals use instruments like a small mirror to spot plaques on the patient’s teeth during a routine examination. Also, you can perform two simple tests at home to identify plaques on your own.

  • You have to chew a special tablet containing a red dye that will pigment the plaque areas.
  • Or you can use an ultra-violet plaque light to spot them.

Getting rid of plaque

A survey conducted by Ipsos in consultation with ADA shows that most Americans use unusual items to remove food stuck between their teeth like fingernails (61%), cutlery (21%), strands of hair (7%).

As you can already understand, these are not very healthy or hygienic options. So, what can you do to prevent plaques?

  • Regular brushing and flossing
  • Swishing mouthwash
  • Use toothpaste containing baking soda
  • Chew sugarless gums
  • Eat fruits like apple, carrots after meals

 

Consuming food with high oxalic acid

I am sure you have felt a gritty or chalky layer on your teeth after eating spinach. This harmless side effect of this leafy vegetable’s oxalic acid content has a fancy name — spinach teeth. Oxalic acid and its oxalate salts are a naturally occurring chemical compound in many plants.

Not just spinach, there are other vegetables with high levels of oxalic acid that we consider as a healthy diet, such as kale, rhubarb, beets, strawberries, nuts, etc.

Getting rid of oxalic acid

Oxalates bind calcium and other minerals, and these crystals precipitate around the renal tubules causing kidney stones. An article published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry says that calcium oxalate is the primary reason behind almost 75% of all kidney stones.

However, there is no need to cut down oxalic acid consumption entirely because foods with high oxalate concentrations have rich nutritional value. Maintaining a balance in the diet is the key here. As oxalates are produced as an end product of vitamin C metabolism, it’s better to check the excessive intake of citrus food. The Recommended Dietary Allowances for vitamin C is 70 mg – 90 mg for adults.

 

How to prevent fuzzy teeth?

There are several ways to get rid of the rough and sticky feeling and go back to your teeth’ natural smooth surface. Let’s take a look at it:

Good oral hygiene

Nothing beats regular brushing and flossing to maintain good oral hygiene. Brush your teeth twice daily for two minutes each time. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste. It’s recommended that you follow the proper brushing technique. Also, don’t forget to floss once a day, preferably before brushing, which significantly reduces the teeth’ amount of plaque.

Eating healthy food

It’s better to avoid sugary gums, mints, and beverages. Starchy foods such as chips, bread, potatoes, pasta, crackers are a big no-no for the sake of good oral health. Fermentable carbohydrate breaks down into sugar in your mouth which is a food for bacteria. Go for healthier snacking options such as fiber-rich fruits and vegetables, dairy products like plain yogurt, cheese, milk, fluoride-rich foods, green and black teas, etc.

Use mouthwash

Regular use of an over-the-counter mouthwash is another way to avoid the fuzziness in teeth. You may as well ask your dentist to prescribe a good antibacterial mouthwash.

A regular visit to the dentist

And last but not least, visit your dentist at least twice a year. Various treatments are available to deal with plaques, such as crowns, dry mouth medications, fluoride treatments, etc.

 

Conclusion

We hope now it all makes sense why your teeth feel weird sometimes. And you know what measures to take to avoid that fuzzy feeling. It would be best if you did not give the plaques enough time to sit on your teeth and turn into stubborn tartars. Religiously follow a regular oral hygiene routine along with a healthy diet, and you don’t have to worry about furry teeth again.

Just in case your problem is challenging enough to be treated at home, you are most welcome to visit us at Laguna Vista Dental, your Elk Grove dentists’ office in CA. Please schedule an appointment for professional and exceptional dental cleaning services.

Krystle Fenton

Krystle Fenton

Krystle Fenton is the owner and lead dentist at Laguna Vista Dental in Elk Grove, CA. Dr. She has earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology with a minor in Chemistry from Andrews University. She then went on to Loma Linda University School of Dentistry, where she graduated with honors and is a member of the prestigious Omicron Kappa Upsilon (OKU) National Dental Honor Society. Dr. Fenton is a member of the American Dental Association, California Dental Association, and Sacramento District Dental Society. In her time away from the office, Dr. Fenton enjoys spending time with friends and family, traveling, spending time outdoors and watching movies.

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