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Gum disease has been linked to heart disease, low birth weight in babies, and other health problems. Once gum disease begins to destroy gum and bone around the teeth, a routine dental cleaning is not enough to stop the progress of the infection. It is a condition that should be taken seriously. It is preventable!

Periodontists at the College of Dentistry deal with the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of gum diseases and the maintenance of healthy gums. Scaling and root planing are periodontal procedures that remove plaque and tartar from below the gum line and smooth the root surfaces, allowing gum tissue to reattach to the tooth. Surgical periodontal procedures include tissue grafting, bone grafting, and dental implant placement.


Gustavo Avila-Ortiz Gustavo Avila-Ortiz, D.D.S., M.S., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Periodontics

Dr. Avila-Ortiz joined the College of Dentistry in 2011. He is an assistant professor in the Department of Periodontics.

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Steven H. Clark Steven H. Clark, D.D.S.
Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Family Dentistry

Dr. Clark was in private practice dentistry from 1983-1989. From 1992-1997, he was in periodontics private practice. In 1998, Dr. Clark joined the Department of Family Dentistry as a visiting assistant professor and he is now clinical assistant professor.

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Satheesh Elangovan Satheesh Elangovan, B.D.S., DSc, DMSc
Assistant Professor, Department of Periodontics

Dr. Elangovan joined the UI College of Dentistry Department of Periodontics in 2011 after completing his doctor of medical science at Harvard School of Dental Medicine and his postdoctoral research fellow at the Forsyth Institute, both in Boston.

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David C. Holmes David C. Holmes, D.D.S., M.S.
Professor and Head, Department of Family Dentistry

Dr. Holmes practiced general dentistry in Eldridge, Iowa, from 1978-1989. He became an adjunct faculty in the Department of Family Dentistry at Iowa during this time. After completing his specialty training in periodontics in 1991, Dr. Holmes became a group leader in Family Dentistry. In 1997, he joined the faculty at the University of Colorado where he served as chair of the Division of Comprehensive Care. In 2004, he returned to Iowa to accept the DEO position of the Department of Family Dentistry.

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Lewis A. Humbert Lewis A. Humbert, B.A., D.D.S., M.S
Clinical Professor, Department of Periodontics

Dr. Humbert joined the University of Iowa College of Dentistry’s Department of Periodontics as a clinical professor in 2004.
 

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Georgia K. Johnson Georgia K. Johnson, B.S., D.D.S., M.S.
Professor and Head, Department of Periodontics

Dr. Johnson joined the University of Iowa College of Dentistry in 1991 after serving on the faculty at the University of Nebraska Medical Center Dental College. In 1998, she became head of the Department of Periodontics. She is also a professor in the Dows Institute for Dental Research.

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Paula Weistroffer Paula Weistroffer, B.A., D.D.S., M.S.
Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Periodontics

Dr. Weistroffer joined the University of Iowa College of Dentistry in July 2007 as a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Periodontics. While she was obtaining her MS in oral science and a certificate in periodontics, she was also a postdoctoral trainee (NRSA T32 grant) from July 2005-July 2007.

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