The Cure For Fuzzy Teeth
The past week my teeth have felt extra fuzzy, several times a day, just a couple of hours after I brush. I MEAN REALLY FUZZY! What’s up with that? Why now? Why just this past week the extra fuzzy feeling?
Let me explain about my sudden change in my mouth, but also how the lessons learned will pertain to your kids.
Remember how your teeth feel right after you’ve been to the dentist or hygienist to get your teeth cleaned? Remember that smooth, almost squeaky clean feeling? (My teeth feel that way every day because a dentist cleans my teeth every day … (hee hee).
Remember how over time, even just a couple of hours after visiting the dentist, your teeth feel less squeaky clean and, given enough time, they actually start to feel fuzzy? Some people refer to them as furry teeth. Most mornings we wake up with our teeth feeling like that.
A friend of mine in high school called that morning mouth feeling "The Zackly's." He said it was "When your mouth feels zackly like the bottom of a bird cage." Eeeewwww!
Fuzzy teeth are a warning sign. Plaque gingivitis fuzzy teethThat fuzzy furry feeling is just normal dental plaque bacteria growth. It can grow from nothing (right after your hygienist cleans your teeth) to a full grown crop in about 8 to 12 hours. That happens no matter what you eat. But what you eat can influence the plaque harvest in a huge way because the food that feeds you also feeds your little plaque farm.
Think of plaque like weeds. It’s GOING TO grow, no matter what. But if you had a garden and it was full of weeds, would you actually put growing-chemicals or nutrients on it to encourage their growth? NO WAY.
In the farming of dental plaque, there’s one specific GROUP of foods that seems to act like fertilizer and cause RAPID increase of its growth rate. Most people think that would be the sugar group like sucrose, high fructose corn syrup, and even honey.
The truth is, and what I’ve been teaching for years, is that it’s ALMOST ANY SIMPLE CARBOHYDRATE. Yep, even non-sugar-eating vegans can get enough plaque to cause cavities. Any simple carbs are food that plaque bacteria thrive on, and therefore, these foods increase the rate of dental plaque bacteria growth.
So why have I had an increase in plaque growth rate the past week that was abnormally rapid? Because I started to do something a little out of MY ordinary. For the past week I have been juicing crazy amounts of vegetables, with a little bit of fruits in there. But seriously, it’s mostly vegetables. I also haven’t chewed in a week while I’ve been drinking my nutrition.
The natural sugars in the fruits are not the only cause of my increase in fuzzy teeth. The veggies have sugars in them too, and when I concentrate them like that and flow them over my teeth every three hours on the way to my stomach, my teeth “plaque farms” are growing madly. In my mind’s eye I can see little minion-like bacteria throwing parties in there, rejoicing over their good fortune.
I also mentioned that I haven’t chewed in a week and that has increased the fuzzy plaque growths. Chewing food itself wipes plaque away from the parts of the teeth that are affected this this mechanical motion. This is usually the biting surfaces of the back teeth and the sides of the teeth closest to the biting surfaces.
Look closely at the picture to see which parts of the teeth look shiny vs. the parts that look fuzzy (the parts of the teeth closer to the gumline). Also notice that the front teeth are almost completely covered in fuzzy plaque because chewing doesn’t really happen there.
Ask me about the last time I consciously put a moving toothbrush on the biting surfaces of my back teeth. I would have to answer that it’s been well over 20 years, prior to this past week. Chewing takes care of cleaning that part of the teeth for me normally … and for you and your children too. This week I had to brush ALL the surfaces of my teeth because I had no chewed food wiping out the plaque crop that never stops growing.
Now let’s use this info to help our children. They will never tell you their teeth feel fuzzy or furry, but that plaque is growing from zero to a good-sized crop within 8 to 12 hours. Wise REAL MOMS just know it’s there, whether you see it or not, and brush/floss your kids teeth accordingly.
You might also remember that brushing and flossing only helps prevent “smooth surface” and “contact point” cavities, but will do nothing at all to prevent cavities in the grooves and pits of your children’s teeth. The best way to prevent ALL cavities is to use the 30-Minutes Nightmare in your favor. And don’t forget that these rules don’t change whether you’re feeding your kids whole-food smoothies OR just a diet of pudding, cookies, crackers, or pre-packaged juice (which is really just sugar water, processed and packaged to fake uninformed moms into thinking it’s healthy). Fuzzy teeth always happen, so remove that plaque crop every 8 to 12 hours the best you can.
One more thought. Remember that it is PLAQUE LEFT UNDISTURBED FOR AT LEAST 7 DAYS that is capable of causing cavities, so don’t be concerned if you miss brushing your child’s teeth once or twice. If you do a really thorough job twice a day, it won’t cause significant damage if you forget one night.
If you have any questions about this, let me know.