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The Department of Periodontics is glad to present its well-trained residents, welcoming staff, and globally recognized clinical faculty, who are specialists in treating gum diseases and maintaining the mouth in a healthy state. Placement of dental implants to replace missing teeth is also offered to our patients. Advanced x-ray imaging and conscious sedation are also available in the clinic of graduate periodontics.

Dr. Leena Palomo Featured in AADR's Strides in Science

Dr. Leena PalomoDr. Leena Palomo, Assistant Professor in the Department of Periodontics, was recently selected for the American Association of Dental Research (AADR)'s Strides in Science monthly feature, which highlights the accomplishments of AADR members. Dr. Palomo discussed her research focus on bone changes of postmenopausal women and her desire to use her research and teaching to do something useful for society, as well as the ways in which her AADR membership has helped her pursue those goals.

Read the Strides in Science column here...

Link Between Oral and General Health

Oral and General HealthAccording to various studies conducted by Dr. Bissada and his faculty and students, a link between oral and general health has been established. Taking care of your oral/periodontal health may have a positive impact on your general health. For example, this photograph demonstrates reduction in the swelling of hands' joints due to rheumatoid arthritis after getting rid of infection and inflammation in the mouth.

Dr. Leena Palomo awarded clinical research fellowship

Dr. Leena PalomoThe American Association for Dental Research (AADR) named Leena Palomo, assistant professor in the Department of Periodontics in the School of Dental Medicine, as the recipient of the 2012 AADR William B. Clark Fellowship in Clinical Research. This award, which recognizes investigators carrying out clinical research in periodontology, will be presented at the AADR Annual Meeting & Exhibition in Tampa, Florida on March 24. The fellowship was established in memory of William B. Clark and is supported by P&G Professional Oral Health, Crest Oral-B.

Palomo plans to collect subgingival biofilm and crevicular fluid samples from a population of otherwise healthy postmenopausal women diagnosed with periodontitis who are using bisphosphonate therapy for the prevention and treatment of osteoporosis and samples from demographically matched postmenopausal women who do not use such therapy. Microbial species and cytokine response between the two groups will be compared.

Dr. Nabil Bissada

Dr. Nabil Bissada, Chair

Dr. Nabil F. Bissada is Professor and Chair of the Department of Periodontics, the Director of the Postdoctoral Graduate Program in Periodontics, and also maintains a private practice in Cleveland, Ohio. In addition to his B.D.S. degree from Cairo University and D.D.S. degree from Case Western Reserve University, Dr. Bissada has an M.S.D. degree in Periodontics and a certificate in Oral Medicine and Oral Diagnosis from the University of Minnesota.

Dr. Bissada has authored and co-authored over 120 articles and has lectured extensively at local, national, and international levels. His expertise is in prevention and treatment of periodontal diseases, but he has also published numerous articles related to the link between periodontal disease and general health, such as diabetes, heart disease, arthritis, and prostatitis. Dr. Bissada has received several awards for his contributions to dental education and periodontal literature worldwide. Most recently, he received the award for Outstanding Periodontal Educator given by the American Academy of Periodontology, recognizing him "an exemplary periodontal faculty member who demonstrates excellence in teaching and is an inspiration to students worldwide."