Ever run your tongue over your teeth and feel like they were wearing little sweaters?
That fuzzy feeling goes away after you brush, but it comes back almost instantly after you eat. This odd sensation is caused by dental plaque – you usually don’t see it, but you can feel it.
What Causes Plaque on Teeth?
The gums around your teeth constantly release a kind of fluid. This fluid, along with saliva and food debris, mix to create a film that coats your enamel. Within a short amount of time, bacteria in your mouth multiply in this film.
This combination makes up the invisible biofilm called plaque. Plaque quickly grows to the point that you can feel it on your teeth like a fuzzy coating.
Why Plaque Is Bad for Teeth
Bacteria in plaque secrete acids that wear away enamel. Other kinds of plaque bacteria irritate the gums and lead to periodontitis. That’s why it’s not good to leave your teeth feeling fuzzy for very long.
How to Fight Plaque
You can’t stop plaque from forming, but there are some ways to slow it down:
Your diet also affects how fuzzy your teeth get. Plaque bacteria love sugar and foods high in simple carbs. Eating lots of junk food and sweets will cover your teeth in plaque faster than if you eat fresh vegetables and whole grains.
Schedule regular dental checkups and professional cleanings. At each visit, you’ll learn effective ways to keep plaque at bay to keep your teeth healthy and smooth.
Posted on behalf of:
Gainesville Dental Group
1026 Thompson Bridge Rd
Gainesville, GA 30501
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