Dental General Wellness

Tooth Sensitivity

Tooth sensitivity occurs when the hard outer surface that protects our teeth grows thinner, or when gum recession occurs, exposing nerve endings.

What causes tooth sensitivity?

  • Tooth sensitivity can also be caused by acidic conditions in the mouth, usually from acidic, or sugary beverages.
  • Acidic foods can also cause exposed nerve endings on tooth root surfaces.
  • Abrasive toothpastes and brushing vigorously can wear the outer layer of a tooth.
  • Clenching/grinding over time can eventually wear down the outer layer of the teeth causing sensitivity. It can even cause wear at the gum line.


  1. Prescription strength fluoride toothpaste such as Clin-Pro
  2. Over the counter toothpaste: Sensodyne
  3. In-office surface desensitizer
  4. In-office fluoride varnish

Lake Dental
Dr. Burbank
11 Professionals Circle
Seneca, SC 29678

Dental General Wellness Health

Dry Mouth

Dry mouth can be more than just uncomfortable and aggravating. When it goes on over time, it can significantly increase your risk of developing tooth decay.

What causes dry mouth?

Dry mouth is caused when the body produces little to no saliva. It can be a symptom of a medical condition, or it may be caused by other factors, including but not limited to:

  • Certain medications (e.g., BP, Allergy and Pain meds)
  • Certain emotional states (e.g., Depression/Anxiety)
  • Some Medical Treatments (e.g., Head and neck radiation)

What can you do to feel better?

First and foremost good oral hygiene is crucial for anyone who wants to maintain a healthy mouth, but it is especially important for those suffering from dry mouth. The following are some important recommendations to help people with dry mouth feel relief:

  • Sip water or sugar-free drinks
  • Chew sugar-free gum, or suck on sugar-free candy
  • Mouth rinse such as over-the-counter or a prescription rinse
  • Clin-Pro prescription toothpaste
  • Use a humidifier, especially at night

Lake Dental
Dr. Burbank
11 Professionals Circle
Seneca, SC 29678

Dental General Restorative Health

Tooth Decay

Tooth decay, which is also called dental cavities, or dental caries, is the destruction of the outer surface (enamel) of a tooth. When the disease of tooth decay becomes established in someone’s mouth it becomes very important to interrupt the process that causes it.

What causes tooth decay?
Bacteria live in our mouths and build up on the teeth in a sticky film called dental plaque. When we eat or drink sugary food or beverages, these bacteria create acids, which can cause a cavity. Decay begins in the main portion of the tooth (the enamel) and as the enamel is broken down the decay can go deeper into the dentin and can eventually reach the nerve (pulp) of the tooth.

How to avoid cavities?
Of all disease affecting humans beings, tooth decay is one of the most destructive. It is also very simple to prevent. Below is a list of changes you can make to prevent future cavities.

  • Modify Your Diet
    • It’s very important to drastically reduce the amount of sugar in your diet, particularly, sugary drinks and juices. Try to substitute with water or sugar-free drinks. Eating foods low in sugar is best for your overall health, and your teeth.
  • Make home care a Priority
    • Floss daily and brush thoroughly twice daily, making sure to really clean the teeth.
    • Brushing daily with prescription strength fluoride toothpaste, such as Clin-Pro, can be very helpful to make the teeth harder and more resistant to decay.
  • Restoring Cavities
    • Visit your dentist as soon as possible for any restorative work, such as fillings or crowns.
      See your hygienist a minimum of twice a year for cleanings and check-ups.

Lake Dental
Dr. Burbank
11 Professionals Circle
Seneca, SC 29678