The Colombian Roots of Zumba

A respected San Diego dentist, Azadeh Khajavi offers patients quality implants. Passionate about movement and music, Azadeh Khajavi enjoys salsa and Persian dancing in his free time, and he practices Zumba for fun and fitness. With roots in Latin dance styles such as cumbia, merengue, and samba, Zumba was developed by Colombian aerobics instructor Beto Perez in the mid-1990s.

Having forgotten his usual aerobics tape one day, Perez used the tapes he happened to have in his backpack, which reflected his taste for traditional Latin sounds. Perez then improvised an aerobics routine based on Latin dance steps and discovered that he had created a popular new fitness concept. Having achieved success in Colombia, Perez brought Zumba to the United States in 1999 and a deal was made with a major infomercial enterprise that launched videos nationwide. By 2002, Zumba Fitness had also established an instructor training program that solidified the preeminent place of the fitness routine worldwide. Today, more than 10 million people participate in Zumba lessons each week.


How Dental Implants Prevent Bone Loss

Azadeh Khajavi, DMD, has more than 20 years of experience treating patients through her private dental practice. There, Dr. Azadeh Khajavi offers a range of services but focuses primarily on dental implants. When a patient loses a tooth, the resultant loss in stimulation to the jawbone results in loss of bone size and density. Implants can prevent this bone loss by continuing the stimulation normally provided by teeth.

An implant involves the placement of a metal piece that fuses to the bone and supports a prosthetic tooth. The tooth, or teeth, supported by the implant stimulates the stomato-gnathic system, including muscles, nerves, and jaw joints. This stimulation triggers the bone to regenerate and rebuild, keeping it healthy. A dental implant can replace a single tooth, a series of teeth, or even all of a patient’s teeth.

Dental implants have many benefits over dentures because they are a permanent addition to the body and function just like normal teeth. The process of osseointegration, through which the implant fuses to the bone, further stimulates the jawbone to maintain shape and density.