Another test you can do at home is the Floss Check Test. In this test you take some floss and rub it back and forth on the surface of your teeth. If you have successfully removed all of the plaque from your teeth, you should hear a squeak sound indicating your teeth are healthy and good to go. Note that unwaxed floss works best to get that “squeaky clean” sound.
Use these tests to determine if there are any discrepancies in the smoothness or slickness for your teeth. If you detect any irregularities or roughness, your teeth might be building up unwanted plaque.
What does it mean when your teeth feel fuzzy?
Most people expect to have smooth and slick surfaces on their teeth when doing the above tests. If you do these tests and find your teeth do not feel smooth and slick but instead “fuzzy,” you might be thinking that something is wrong. While you might be right, there are also some instances where you should not worry as described below.
So what are the causes of fuzzy-feeling teeth?
A lot of people report a fuzzy feeling on their teeth in the morning when they wake up. Usually after brushing and flossing their teeth it goes away. This is because plaque builds up overnight while you are sleeping. After all, you are not brushing your teeth or eating crunchy plaque-removing foods while you are asleep. On top of that, saliva production is minimized when you are sleeping thereby lowering the frequency of your saliva “washing away” the plaque and bacteria.
Bacteria multiplies and begins to adhere to your teeth and gums when you are asleep. Over night, the bacteria builds a coating to protect itself so that by the time you wake up you have a mouthful of plaque buildup. This is both unpleasant and unhealthy. Fortunately, we can do something about it. I’m sure you’ve heard it before but it can’t be said enough – brush and floss your teeth when you wake up in the morning!