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Posts for: June, 2015

By Richard Ta, DDS
June 24, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  

If you are in the market for a new tooth, you may know that today's modern dental implants are highly successful. But dental implants have come a long way since humans first began to look for ways to replace missing teeth. If you want the longest lasting tooth Dental Implantsreplacement available on the market today, visit Dr. Richard Ta, your Fremont dentist, to discuss durable dental implants. You can be thankful that you don’t have to utilize other, more primitive dental devices like our ancestors did.

The First Dental Implants

Researchers have discovered that humans had some early success with replacing missing teeth as far back as the year 600 A.D. Humans were able to implant carved shells into the jaw bone to act as teeth. Over the next several hundred years, humans were creative in the ways they used wires and metal in order to restore some function to teeth.

In the 1700’s, a doctor began experimenting with transplanting teeth from cadavers into a rooster’s comb. Much to the doctor’s surprise, the tooth took root. Around that time, another doctor began attempting to use a gold tube as an implant, however, it only became infected.

In the early part of the last century, doctors began thinking about the way that some surgeons were able to place mental implants into hip bones and thought perhaps that could work for tooth implants. Over the early 1900’s, many doctors explored various materials, shapes, and sizes of dental implants that they thought might work to replace a missing tooth. But none was as successful as what your Fremont dentist Dr. Ta offers today.

Today's Implants

The first titanium dental implants began in the mid-1960’s after a research scientist discovered that titanium posts permanently fuse to the bone. This discovery is the basis for the same types of implants on the market today. Titanium implants have been used in the United States since the early 1980’s and many of those patients still have those implants.

Today, there are a huge variety of implant manufacturers on the market. It’s important to find a dentist who specializes in implants for the best results. If you’re interested in replacing missing teeth, schedule a visit with Dr. Richard Ta, your Fremont dentist, to find out if dental implants are right for you.


EvenCelebritiesLikeJenniferLawrenceArentImmuneFromBadBreath

Exchanging passionate kisses with big-screen star Jennifer Lawrence might sound like a dream come true. But according to Liam Hemsworth, her Hunger Games co-star, it could also be a nightmare… because J.Law’s breath wasn’t always fresh. “Anytime I had to kiss Jennifer was pretty uncomfortable,” Hemsworth said on The Tonight Show.

Lawrence said the problem resulted from her inadvertently consuming tuna or garlic before the lip-locking scenes; fortunately, the two stars were able to share a laugh about it later. But for many people, bad breath is no joke. It can lead to embarrassment and social difficulties — and it occasionally signifies a more serious problem. So what causes bad breath, and what can you do about it?

In 9 out of 10 cases, bad breath originates in the mouth. (In rare situations, it results from a medical issue in another part of the body, such as liver disease or a lung infection.) The foul odors associated with bad breath can be temporarily masked with mouthwash or breath mints — but in order to really control it, we need to find out exactly what’s causing the problem, and address its source.

As Lawrence and Hemsworth found out, some foods and beverages can indeed cause a malodorous mouth. Onions, garlic, alcohol and coffee are deservedly blamed for this. Tobacco products are also big contributors to bad breath — which is one more reason to quit. But fasting isn’t the answer either: stop eating for long enough and another set of foul-smelling substances will be released. Your best bet is to stay well hydrated and snack on crisp, fresh foods like celery, apples or parsley.

And speaking of hydration (or the lack of it): Mouth dryness and reduced salivary flow during the nighttime hours is what causes “morning breath.” Certain health issues and some medications can also cause “dry mouth,” or xerostomia. Drinking plenty of water can encourage the production of healthy saliva — but if that’s not enough, tell us about it: We may recommend switching medications (if possible), chewing xylitol gum or using a saliva substitute.

Finally, maintaining excellent oral hygiene is a great way to avoid bad breath. The goal of oral hygiene is to control the harmful bacteria that live in your mouth. These microorganisms can cause gum disease, tooth decay, and bad breath — so keeping them in check is good for your overall oral health. Remember to brush twice and floss once daily, stay away from sugary foods and beverages, and visit the dental office regularly for checkups and professional cleanings.

So did J.Law apologize for the malodorous makeout session? Not exactly. “[For] Bradley Cooper, Christian Bale, yeah, I’ll brush my teeth,” she laughed.

Hemsworth jokingly agreed: “If I was kissing Christian Bale I probably would have brushed my teeth too. With you, it’s like, ‘Eh. Whatever.’”

If you would like more information about bad breath and oral hygiene, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Bad Breath: More than Just Embarrassing.”