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Periodontics is the clinical study of the supporting structures of the teeth, which include the bone, gums, blood vessels and nerves. A periodontist is a dentist who has specialized in the field of periodontics and whose job involves the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of gum disease.

Periodontal (gum) disease is chronic bacterial infection of the gums which if left untreated can lead to tooth loss and alveolar bone loss. The main cause of periodontal disease is the bacteria found in plaque which produces toxins or poisons that irritate the gums. Other risk factors include smoking, diabetes, hormonal changes in women, genetic susceptibility, stress, medications, and poor nutrition.

Some of the most common periodontal diseases are:

  • Gingivitis : Often caused by inadequate oral hygiene. The gums redden, swell and bleed easily.
  • Periodontitis : Untreated gingivitis can advance to periodontitis. Gums separate from the teeth forming pockets which become infected.
  • Periodontitis as a Manifestation of Systemic Diseases : Periodontitis is often a result of systemic diseases such as diabetes.
  • Necrotizing Periodontal Diseases : An infection characterized by necrosis of gingival tissues, periodontal ligament and alveolar bone.
    Warning signs of periodontal disease include:
  • Bleeding gums. Red or swollen gums. Bad breath. Painful on chewing. Sensitive teeth. Loose teeth. Receding gum line.
  • Pus formation.

If you feel you have any of the symptoms given above, be sure to consult a periodontist. A list of periodontists in Oahu is given below. This list has been compiled for you by Oahu.us for your convenience.

Dr. Earl W. Ah Moo
1010 S King St
Ste 704 Honolulu, HI
(808) 596-0522
Dr. Edmund A. Cassella
1441 Kapiolani Blvd.
Ste. 1506 Honolulu, HI
(808) 955-1506
Dr. Michael Ching
1060 Young St 216
Honolulu, HI
(808) 946-3909
Dr. Lyndon D. Fong
1441 Kapiolani Blvd.
Ste. 616 Honolulu, HI
(808) 947-3333
Dr. Neil B. Furuya
615 Piikoi St Ste PH2
Honolulu, HI
(808) 593-9400
Dr. Darin K. Iha
1600 Kapiolani Blvd.
Ste. 507 Honolulu, HI
(808) 941-5561
Dr. Laura H.T. Lawler
1441 Kapiolani Boulevard
Suite 920 Honolulu, HI
(808) 973-3711
Dr. Clyde G.C. Mew
2065 S. King Street
Ste. 209 Honolulu, HI
(808) 947-4222
Dr. Susan Mizuno
1060 Young St 216
Honolulu, HI
(808) 946-3909
Dr. Clyde S. Umaki
1833 South Beretania St.
Honolulu, HI
(808) 955-2275
Dr. Gregg Uyeda Uyeda
932 Ward Ave 410
Honolulu, HI
(808) 533-7200
Dr. Myles C. Miyasato
98-1247 Kaahumanu Street
Ste. 316 Aiea, HI
(808) 488-5880
Dr. Norman G. Suga
98-211 Pali Momi St.
Ste. 412 Aiea, HI
(808) 488-3509
Dr. Braden C Seamons
30 Aulike St Ste 501
Kailua, HI
(808) 263-1100
Pearl City
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