Blog Archive

Don't Make These Common Flossing Mistakes Jun 10th, 2020

The American Dental Association recommends brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing once a day to maintain proper oral hygiene.  Our first battle as dentists is to convince people to follow these guidelines. Even if you do brush and floss with the right frequency, however, you may not be...

How to Fight Tooth and Nail Against Gum Disease May 7th, 2020

Do you know how your parents always told you to brush your teeth? And then you know how sometimes you conveniently “forgot” to brush them before you went to bed? Neglecting to brush your teeth may have seemed like a minor, youthful slip-up, but it can make a crucial difference...

What is a Deep Cleaning and How do I Know if I Need One? Apr 27th, 2020

If your dentist recommends a deep cleaning, you might think you just need to brush your teeth a little harder after your next meal or wonder how that’s different from the regular cleaning you get from a hygienist at a checkup. However, a deep cleaning means something very different. A...

How to Handle the Most Common Dental Emergencies Enroute to Our Office Mar 11th, 2020

If you have ever experienced a dental emergency, you know the feeling of helplessness that ensues. You’re not sure what to do or where to go, and you want some help.   At Dentistry Optimized in Inver Grove Heights, we understand this feeling, and we are here to relieve your...

5 Important Ways Parents Can Ensure Their Children's Oral Health Feb 26th, 2020

Everyone knows it’s important for kids to brush their teeth, but cavities still rank as one of the most common chronic childhood diseases in the United States. In fact, studies show that kids who have poor oral health often miss more school and earn lower grades than kids with better...

With Anesthesia, a Filling, an Extraction, or a Root Canal Are Pain-Free Jan 1st, 2020

Have you been putting off necessary dental work because of the fear of pain? If so, you’re not alone. The American Dental Association estimates that 42% of people don’t get the dental care they need, and for up to 20% of Americans, this avoidance is due to dental anxiety.  You...

When Dental Implants are the Best Solution for Replacing Missing Teeth Dec 4th, 2019

Adults have 32 permanent teeth. Many of us will likely lose some by the time we’re nearing middle age. In fact, according to Harvard Health, the average American loses 12 teeth by the time they’re 50. We live in a world where getting a permanent fix for a lost tooth...

Need a Crown? We Look at Their Long-Term Function, Retention, and Usefulness Oct 31st, 2019

Do you have a decayed, damaged, or weak tooth? Weak teeth can be painful, but they might also make it hard to chew and talk comfortably. Instead of delaying dental work, it’s time to learn more about dental crowns. Decay and damage are common, but they don’t have to interfere...

Why You Shouldn't Procrastinate Your Bi-annual Dental Check-ups Oct 11th, 2019

Dentists get it: Dental care, too many people, is synonymous with drills, metal tools, poking, prodding, pain, and loud noises. Dr. Norman F. Coates at Dentistry Optimized in Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota understands why you avoid the dentist and skip your cleanings. Dental anxiety is real, and it causes many...