Have you ever run your tongue over your teeth only to encounter a rough texture that makes you want to immediately grab a toothbrush? If you’ve ever been baffled by that fuzzy feeling, you’re not alone, and there are a few reasons for it. Let’s take a look at some of the causes:
Foods high in oxalic acid like spinach, beets, and rhubarb certainly contain beneficial nutrients, but unfortunately the oxalate crystals can create a sticky feeling on your teeth. However, vegetables do wonders to help fortify your well-being so keep these superfoods in your diet and simply brush your teeth after eating to remove the unsettling texture.
Yummy foods that are sugary, sticky, and starchy are so hard to resist — and while the mouthwatering goodness may satisfy your stomach, these types of foods easily cling to your teeth and take up residence. Failing to thoroughly brush and floss can cause these food particles that are stuck on your teeth to breed bacteria and birth damaging acid. This acid will combine with saliva and old food particles to create a sticky film of plaque on your teeth. The buildup of plaque will eventually result in a slimy, layered sensation on your teeth.
At Riccobene Associates, we can’t stress enough the importance of maintaining your oral hygiene. If plaque buildup is not completely removed through brushing and flossing, it will harden into tartar. Tartar buildup normally starts at the gumline and can lead to gum disease — a concern that encompasses not only your oral health but also your overall health. Tartar can only be removed by a dental professional so be sure to keep up with your biannual dental visits for cleanings and routine checkups so that your dentist can track any possible issues like tartar buildup and offer best practices for keeping your teeth squeaky clean.
If you have questions about your oral care routine or if you need to schedule your next checkup, please contact any of our expert dental offices!