October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month & Dental Hygiene Month

October is here and fall has officially begun, bringing with it Breast Cancer Awareness Month as well as National Dental Hygiene Month. This is a time to raise awareness for both and help to prevent problems by monitoring your health and being mindful of your lifestyle choices. Whether you are... Read more »

Dental Implant Placement Basics as a Step-by-Step Process

If you have ever lost a tooth, you might have more than just a gap between your teeth. If a lost tooth is not replaced, the bone in the jaw that supported the lost tooth starts to deteriorate. That’s because when you chew your food, there’s no more stimulation to... Read more »

Enamel-Friendly Foods for Your Teeth

When it comes to protecting your teeth, your first line of defense against tooth decay and cavities is tooth enamel, as it is the outermost covering that protects the more vulnerable dentin and tooth pulp below. Your enamel comes equipped for the job as the hardest substance in your body.... Read more »

How Routine Dental Checkups Help Your Smile in the Long Run

When you come in for dental exams and we have cleaned your teeth and gum line and removed any hardened plaque, our dentist can look at them for any signs of trouble, such as cavities, loose or broken teeth, damaged fillings, and evaluate your risk rate of certain diseases which... Read more »

Is it Time to See the Dentist?

If you develop a toothache, lose a tooth, or suddenly notice a loose tooth, your next call will probably be to our dentist, Dr. Holly Krystek. But for good oral health, you shouldn’t wait for a problem or a dental emergency to schedule an appointment. You should see the dentist... Read more »

Discussing Dentistry: Teenage Dentistry

To ensure your smile can continue to function effectively for the rest of your years, you will need to make sure that you take care of it during key stages of your life. During your teen years, loss of your permanent teeth, the wisdom teeth can grow in. As such,... Read more »

Why a Bone Graft May Precede Implant Placement

Bone grafting is commonly performed as a preliminary surgery prior to performing restorative dental care such as dental implant placement. Prior to anchoring a dental implant into the jawbone, our dentist will examine the surrounding bone where the placement will take place to determine if there is sufficient density to... Read more »

Learning More About Teenage Dentistry

As a teen, you are often faced with several risks that can put your teeth in harm's way. Beyond this, there's also a lot of risks involved with peer pressure influences that constantly lead to damage to your mouth. Making sure you're effectively caring for your teeth throughout your teen... Read more »

How to Avoid Dental Emergencies

Are you interested in avoiding dental emergencies? If so, good for you! Dental emergencies can harm your smile and endanger your oral health. And, they can inconvenience you greatly. You should remember that accidents happen and dental emergencies can occur no matter how hard you try to prevent them. But,... Read more »

Teeth Whitening Can Improve the Appearance of Your Smile

Do your teeth appear dull or faded? If so, a teeth-whitening treatment may be in your future! If your teeth need a pick-me-up, then you have come to the right place! Our dentist, Dr. Holly Krystek with Lifetime Dentistry in Muscatine, Iowa, offers teeth-whitening treatments to improve your smile. Many... Read more »