Garden Grove Dental Arts : Marianna Ibrahim DDS


Why Teeth Sometimes Feel “Fuzzy”

Have you ever dragged your tongue across the front of your teeth, only to be met by the somewhat gross sensation that your teeth seem to be covered in tiny, fuzzy sweaters?

Don’t worry, you’re not alone and there’s probably nothing wrong with your teeth — as long you’re good about brushing and flossing.

But what is that fuzzy stuff anyhow? Our dentists in the Anaheim area weigh in

More often than not, healthy teeth are also smooth teeth. But when you feel that special kind of roughness on one or more teeth it tends to come from a couple different sources.

You Just Woke Up

The most common time you’ll experience “fuzzy teeth” is in the morning, after having slept all night. However – after brushing, flossing, and rinsing with an antiseptic mouthwash, the grittiness of your teeth should go away.

It could be plaque and/or tartar…

There are some additional causes behind teeth that don’t feel too clean, and one of the other most common sources is plaque. Plaque can and will collect on your teeth every day. If you don’t remove it, it will eventually harden (or calcify) into what we call dental calculus (or tartar). Tartar is troublesome because it, essentially, creates a shelter for bacteria to collect and thrive on your teeth. The longer tartar isn’t taken care of, the greater chance bacteria has to gain a foothold on your teeth and spend some quality time to do some serious long-term damage. It’s this sort of long-term damage that our dentists in the Anaheim area work to prevent (and reverse).


Unfortunately, tartar (unlike plaque) can’t be removed with regular brushing, flossing, and rinsing. Your dentist must get access to your teeth and have the opportunity to work away the tartar to prevent any more problems.

Are you eating better?

Most typically, a furry feeling on your teeth is typically due to plaque or a long night of sleep. However, some foods like chocolate and green leafy vegetables (like kale and spinach) tend to carry more of a particular acid that can contribute to a furry feeling on your teeth. If you’re eating more greens than usual – this could be the culprit, and isn’t something you should worry too much about.

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