Get your Health question answered in 3 easy steps
A Doctor will be with you shortly
Ask a Doctor Now
128 Doctors are Online
Ask a Dentist   »  

Type 1 diabetic. Teeth sensitive to sweets. Using sensodyne toothpaste. Any cure?

User rating for this question
Answered by
Practicing since : 2008
Answered : 2059 Questions
My teeth have become sensitive to sweets. I am also a type 1 diabetic since 6 years. My last HbA1c was 6.7 . I don't eat sweets on a regular basis, but sometimes even in small quantities it hurts my teeth. There is a sharp pain for a few minutes, but then it goes away. I already use Sensodyne toothpaste. And I got my teeth cleaned about 17-18 months back.
Posted Wed, 10 Apr 2013 in Dental Health
Answered by Dr. Bindiya Bhaskar 49 minutes later

Thanks for the query.

Sensitivity to sweets occurs due to:
- Deep dental carries causing accumulation of food.
- Cervical abrasion, erosion and attrition of teeth.
- Exposed root portion of teeth due to gingival recession.

I would suggest you get your decayed teeth filled (if any) and cover the exposed portion of root using tooth coloured restorative material. In addition you may need dental X-ray to rule out bone loss - if present it has to be treated with bone grafting. A dentist can guide you with this treatment.

In the meantime,
- Avoid use of acidic beverages like coca cola/Pepsi as it can cause demineralization of enamel and thereby sensitivity.
- Reduce the use of citric fruits like lemon, oranges, etc.
- Brush your teeth using soft-bristled toothbrush in back-forth and up-down direction.
- Vigorous tooth brushing has to be avoided.
- Please do not use tooth cleaning devices like sticks, etc.
- Maintain good oral hygiene.
- Apply gum tone gel at the affected area for temporary relief.

Hope this helps. Please feel free to ask any other concerns.

Take care
Above answer was peer-reviewed by
Share on Facebook
Share on Twitter
Share on Google+
Question is related to
Diseases and Conditions
Lab Tests
Medical Topics

The user accepted the expert's answer

Ask a Dentist

© Ebix, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
All the information, content and live chat provided on the site is intended to be for informational purposes only, and not a substitute for professional or medical advice. You should always speak with your doctor before you follow anything that you read on this website. Any health question asked on this site will be visible to the people who browse this site. Hence, the user assumes the responsibility not to divulge any personally identifiable information in the question. Use of this site is subject to our Terms & Conditions
Already Rated.
Your rating:

Ask a Doctor