Healthy teeth are as smooth as they are white. Sometimes, though, you may notice that your teeth don’t feel smooth. Instead, they feel fuzzy or rough. This may be due to everyday food and bacteria residue, hardened residue called tartar, or damage to your teeth.

Teeth That Feel Fuzzy Sometimes

A set of fuzzy hot pink slippers resting on a young woman's feet. If you teeth feel this way, it's time to make an appointment with James, B Polley, DDSMost of the time, a fuzzy teeth feeling comes from food and bacteria clinging to your teeth. Sticky, starchy foods may cling to your teeth for a while after eating. All foods can feed bacteria, which then grow, multiply, and secrete damaging acid onto your teeth. They also create a protective coating for themselves, forming a biofilm on your teeth that we call plaque.

To reduce fuzzy feelings after meals, finish your meal with a hard, crunchy food like an apple or carrot that can help clean your teeth. You can also chew sugar-free gum. Then rinse your mouth with water. You can also brush your teeth, but wait a half hour after rinsing if you ate very acidic food or drank a soda with your lunch, since these can soften your enamel and increase erosion of your tooth enamel.

Teeth That Feel Fuzzy after Brushing

If your teeth still feel fuzzy after you brush, it may just be that you’re not brushing well enough. Talk to your dentist about proper technique and learn how to do a better job. That may involve getting an electric toothbrush.

If your teeth still feel fuzzy or rough, it’s likely that you’ve got tartar buildup. Tartar (also called dental calculus) is mineralized plaque. It can build up anywhere you’re not brushing well enough, but it typically begins around the gumline. Tartar builds up between professional cleanings where it is removed, and it can contribute to gum disease.

A more serious cause for rough feeling teeth is acidic damage. If you work in an environment with a lot of acid in the air, if you drink a lot of soda, or if you don’t brush your teeth or visit your dentist regularly enough, your teeth may actually be pitted and etched by acid.

We also offer the advanced CariFree system that can inhibit bacterial growth and reduce future fuzzy feelings.

Is It Time to Get Your Teeth Cleaned?

If you are having trouble with fuzzy-feeling teeth, it’s time to visit a dentist for a professional cleaning and to assess any possible damage you may have to your teeth. Call Las Vegas dentist Dr. James B. Polley at (702) 873-0324.