Dr. Daniel Ho

Houston Periodontist

Dr. Daniel K. Ho, DMD, DMSc, MSc

Dr. Daniel Ho is a board-certified periodontist, and a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology.  Dr. Ho received his Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) degree from McGill University, in Canada.  He went on to specialize in periodontics and implant dentistry, and received his Specialty Certificate in Periodontics and Doctor of Medical Science (DMSc) degree at Harvard School of Dental Medicine.

Dr. Ho has about 10 years of clinical experiences in periodontics and implant dentistry.  He specializes in the treatment of gum disease, and provides care in implant dentistry, laser gum surgery, esthetic gum grafting, and oral bone grafting.

Over the past years, Dr. Ho has written several textbook chapters in Clinical Maxillary Sinus Elevation Surgery, Clinical Cases in Periodontics, and Clinical Cases in Implant Dentistry. He has been actively involved in clinical dental implant and periodontal research, and has published many scientific studies in peer-reviewed dental journals. Additionally, Dr. Ho has received many awards, including two prestigious awards given by Harvard School of Dental Medicine – Henry D. Epstein Award and Joseph L. Henry Award – the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) research fellowship, the Dr. Andre Charest Prize awarded by Quebec Association of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons, the Sunstar GUM Award in Dentistry, and the International College of Dentists Prize. He is a finalist in Richard J. Lazzara Fellowship in Advance Implant Surgery, offered by American Academy of Periodontology.

As a Clinical Assistant Professor in The Department of Periodontics at The University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston, Dr. Ho has taught many dental students and specialty residents over the past years.  He has given many lectures ,and supervised residents in their periodontal and dental implant surgeries. Moreover, Dr. Ho also provides continuing education courses to general dentists in the area of implant dentistry and periodontics.  He is very passionate about his work, and strives to respect, care about, and educate his patients in their periodontal and dental implant health.

Dr. Ho is happily married to his wife Rachel, and has a daughter Mirabel. When he is not working, Dr. Ho enjoys acrylic painting, hiking, traveling, and visiting ancient ruins in different parts of the world.  He also likes photography!


Dr. Daniel K. Ho firmly believes that clinicians need to be constantly updated in the diagnosis and treatment of patients. Patients can be confident that Dr. Ho is committed to offer treatment therapies basing on evidence from current literatures. In fact, Dr. Ho himself is actively involved in conducting clinical research, and has published many peer-reviewed journal articles and textbook chapters over the years. Dr. Ho strives to offer his patients different treatment options, and explains to patients the advantages and disadvantages of each option, thereby allowing patients to make the most educated decision pertaining to their dental health.

Book Chapters

Ho DK, Nevins M, Kim DM. Chapter 7 – Alternative methods of grafting using growth factors. In: Dominiak M., Gedrange T., Rasperini G, eds. Gingival recession: interdisciplinary approach. 1st ed. Quintessence Publishing Co Ltd. (in press).

Kim DM, Ho DK. Chapter 12 – Decision tree for maxillary sinus elevation options. In: Kao DW, ed. Clinical maxillary sinus elevation surgery. 1st ed. Iowa, John Wiley & Blackwell, 2014:149-156.

Kim DM, Ho DK. Chapter 13 – Choices of bone graft materials. In: Kao DW, ed. Clinical maxillary sinus elevation surgery. 1st ed. Iowa, John Wiley & Blackwell, 2014:157-164.

Ho DK, Kim DM. Chapter 1: Examination and diagnosis – local anatomic factors contributing to periodontal disease. In: Karimbux N, ed. Clinical cases in periodontics. 1st ed. Iowa, John Wiley & Blackwell, 2012:48-56.

Ho DK, Elangovan S, Shih S. Chapter 5: Mucogingival therapy – frenectomy and vestibuloplasty. In: Karimbux N, ed. Clinical cases in periodontics. 1st ed. Iowa, John Wiley & Blackwell, 2012:197-204.

Arguello EI, Ho DK. Chapter 7: Implant site preparation – ridge split and osteotome ridge expansion. In: Karimbux N, ed. Clinical cases in periodontics. 1st ed. Iowa, John Wiley & Blackwell, 2012:271-284.

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

Dai MR, Ho DK, Huang L, Quock RL, Flaitz CM. Utilization of Chinese herbal medicine for selected oral conditions in two pediatric populations. Pediatric Dentistry, 2016;38:311-316.

Ho DK, Ghinea R, Herrera LJ, Angelov N, Paravina RD. Color range and color distribution of healthy human gingiva – a prospective clinical study. Scientific Reports, 2015:5;18498.

Ho DK, Fu MM, Kim DK. Vertical ridge augmentation of atrophic posterior mandible using platelet-derived growth factor. Journal of Oral Implantology, 2015;41:605-609.

Lops D, Gobbato L, Nart J, Guazzo R, Ho DK, Bressan E. Evaluation of root coverage with and without connective tissue graft for the treatment of single maxillary gingival recession using an image analysis system: a randomized controlled clinical trial. Int J Periodontics Restorative Dent, 2015;35:247-254.

McGuire MK, Scheyer T, Ho DK, Stanford CM, Feine JS, Cooper LF. Esthetic outcomes in relation to implant-abutment interface design following a standardized treatment protocol in a multicenter randomized controlled trial – a cohort of 12 cases at 1-year follow-up. Int J Periodontics Restorative Dent, 2015;35:149-159.

Dornbush JR, Reiser GM, Ho DK. Platform switching and abutment emergence profile modification on peri-implant soft tissue. Alpha Omegan, 2014;107:28-32.

Nevins M, Ho DK, Kwon T, Al Hezaimi K, Kim DM. Application of bone morphogenetic proteins in bone augmentation procedures. Journal de Parodontologie et d’Implantologie Orale; 2014;33:159-172.

Nevins M, Cappetta EG, Cullum D, Khang W, Misch C, Ricchetti P, Sclar A, Wallace SS, Ho DK, Kim DM. Socket preservation procedure with equine bone mineral: a case series. Int J Periodontics Restorative Dent, 2014;34 Suppl 3:s51-57.

Kiviranta R, Yamana K, Saito H, Ho DK, Laine J, Tarkkonen K, Nieminen-Pihala V, Hesse E, Correa D, Määttä J, Tessarollo L, Rosen ED, Horne WC, Jenkins NA, Copeland NG, Warming S, Baron R. Coordinated transcriptional regulation of bone homeostasis by Ebf1 and Zfp521 in both mesenchymal and hematopoietic lineages. J Experimental Medicine, 2013;210:969-985.

Nevins M, Camelo M, Nevins ML, Ho DK, Schupbach P, Kim DM. Growth factor-mediated combination therapy to treat large local human alveolar ridge defects. Int J Periodontics Restorative Dent, 2012;32:263-271.

Ho DK. Resident’s journal watch: a novel strategy for tooth and periodontal regeneration. J Periodontology, 2010;81:1348.

Dental Conference & CE Lecture – Abstracts/Posters/Oral Presentation

Dai M, Flaitz DM, Ho DK, Quock RL, Acharya BS, Badger GJ. Traditional medicine use for oral conditions among US ethnic Chinese. American Academy of Oral Medicine (AAOM) and American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology (AAOMP), San Diego, 2015. (abstract/poster)

Angelov N, Ho DK, Herrera LJ, Ghinea RI, Perez MDM, Paravina RD. Computer models of gingival shade guides: a pilot study. International Association for Dental Research, Dubrovnik, Croatia, 2014. (abstract/poster)

Ho DK, Scheyer ET, McGuire MK, Stanford CM, Cooper LF, Feine JS. Facial gingival zenith position and interproximal papilla stability surrounding single tooth implant supported crowns on three different implant abutment designs: 1 year data from a prospective, randomized controlled clinical trial. Academy of Osseointegration, Seattle, 2014. (oral presentation in Clinical Innovations Category)

Ho DK, Guze KA, Arguello EI, Karimbux N, Kim DM. Horizontal and vertical ridge augmentation using recombinant human platelet-derived growth factor-BB (rhPDGF-BB) or recombinant human bone morphogenetic protein-2 (rhBMP-2). School of Dentistry, University of Texas at Houston, Houston, 2012. (oral presentation)

Ho DK, Arguello EI, Kim DM. Vertical and horizontal ridge augmentation of atrophic mandible with combination therapy – a case series. Academy of Osseointegration, Phoenix, 2012. (abstract/poster)

Ho, DK, Saito H, Duplan MB, Horne WC, Baron R. The role of Cbl proteins in regulating osteoclast activity. International Symposium – Network for International Education and Research in Advanced Dental Sciences, Niigata, Japan, 2012. (oral presentation)

Professional Membership