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 »
Norman Coates, DMD, is a board-certified dentist with over 30 years of clinical experience. He provides comprehensive dental care to patients of all ages at Dentistry Optimized, his private practice in Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota.
Dr. Coates attended Amherst College in Amherst, Massachusetts, for his undergraduate degree. He earned his Doctor of Medicine in dentistry from Fairleigh Dickinson University in Teaneck, New Jersey. Since graduating, he has had extensive experience in both private and group practice settings.
Dr. Coates combines compassion for his patients with experience in dentistry. He delivers precise treatment with state-of-the-art technology and is an expert in restorative and general dentistry. He is proud to uphold a reputation of excellence at his practice.
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 with your oral health. Crowns are a common restorative dental... read more »
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 »