5 Myths About Sugar

MYTH #1 “Some sugars are healthier” Let’s take a look at Agave, maple syrup, organic raw sugar, and table sugar. On the glycemic index, which measures a carb’s impact on blood sugar, maple syrup hits 54—close to table sugar’s 65. Agave is lower, at 19, but it’s high in fructose, and fructose is tied to metabolic syndrome and hypertension. Research... read more »

Don’t Make These Common Flossing Mistakes

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 doing them currently. To enjoy the benefits of healthy teeth and gums,... read more »

How to Fight Tooth and Nail Against Gum Disease

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 in your oral health. While missing an occasional brushing is... read more »

What is a Deep Cleaning and How do I Know if I Need One?

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 deep cleaning is a specific treatment designed to clean between... read more »

How to Handle the Most Common Dental Emergencies En Route to Our Office

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 fears. If you call our office when an emergency occurs, Dr. Norman Coates or a... read more »

5 Important Ways Parents Can Ensure Their Children’s Oral Health

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 dental health. While this is not a good sign, the good news... read more »

With Anesthesia, a Filling, an Extraction, or a Root Canal Are Pain-Free

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 don’t have to worry any longer. Make 2020 the year you put your... read more »

When Dental Implants are the Best Solution for Replacing Missing Teeth

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 is easy and affordable. Dr. Norman Coates, at Dentistry Optimized in Grove Heights, Minnesota,... read more »

Why You Shouldn’t Procrastinate Your Bi-annual Dental Check-ups

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 patients to struggle with oral hygiene. But you should know... read more »