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What’s That Fuzzy Teeth Feeling?

August 22, 2018
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You probably know what it feels like to have a sparkling clean smile. Have you ever run your tongue across your teeth after your routine dental cleaning? It feels smooth and you probably feel secure in the way your breath smells. Conversely, have you ever run your tongue across your teeth and felt that not-so-fresh fuzzy feeling? It probably makes you feel like running for your toothbrush. The feeling of buildup on the teeth can mean a lot of things. Understanding why it happens might help you to feel the sensation less frequently. Your dentist in Kansas City, MO is here to help you understand your smile and your smile’s specific needs.

Poor Hygiene Habits

Your teeth might feel like they are covered in a fuzzy coating because they are actually covered in a coating. Plaque is a buildup filled with harmful bacteria that can accumulate between hygiene sessions. Something very important to remember is that your oral hygiene routine does not just include the brushing and flossing that you do at home. A good oral hygiene routine includes a visit to the dentist for an exam and cleaning at least twice a year. A professional cleaning can remove the bacterial buildup that you may not be able to remove at home.

Certain Foods Cause It

Foods like spinach, kale, beets, and other dark greens have a high content of something known as oxalic acid. The structure of this acid is crystalline that can build up on the surfaces of your teeth. It is not harmful to your teeth and can easily be removed by brushing your teeth.

Dry Mouth

Without enough moisture and saliva production in your mouth, more buildup can occur on your teeth. The more dry your mouth is the more likely that your mouth will feel sticky and icky. If you suffer from dry mouth no matter how much water you are drinking, it is important to talk to your dentist as it could have adverse effects on your smile’s health.

We Are Here to Answer Your Smile Questions

That fuzzy feeling on your teeth may mean it’s time for a cleaning. To schedule a consultation, call Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry of Kansas City, MO, today at 816-427-4018.