Auburn Periodontics and Implantology

Joseph M. Haynes, DDS


Cleaning and Prevention

Preventing periodontal disease is critical in maintaining your oral health and keeping your dental costs down. The most effective prevention plan for periodontal patients involves you, Dr. Haynes, your general dentist, and a dental hygienist working as a team toward a healthy, happy smile.

At home, it is important to brush your teeth twice a day and floss at least once per day - in fact, this is the most important aspect of excellent preventative periodontal care. In addition to at-home care, it is very important to have regular dental exams and cleanings to prevent decay and disease. These exams often take place at your regular dentist if you do not have severe periodontal disease. Patients with more advanced periodontal disease will find themselves well-cared for by our periodontal hygienists. Sara and Jeannine have advanced training and experience in providing hygiene care related to periodontal experience, including scaling and root planing. Together with Dr. Haynes, they will help you prevent periodontal disease from progressing. 

Here is what you can expect at your periodontal cleaning visits:

Digital X-Rays

Auburn Periodontics and Implantology uses digital x-rays, the most current dental-imaging technology. These type of x-rays provide the same visual information needed for treatment planning as standard x-rays, but they reduce exposure to radiation by roughly 80-90%. They are ready much fasted and are can be viewed immediately in the clinic by Dr. Haynes and our staff. As such, they are can easily be edited to a larger size for better viewing and conveniently emailed to you and/or your general dentist.

Typically, you only need to have a full set of x-rays taken every three years - and bite-wing x-rays (top and bottom side teeth that meet together) during routine hygiene appointments and periodontal check-ups. Occasionally, additional x-rays may be required, depending on individual treatment requirements.


Oral Cancer Exam

Early detection and treatment of oral cancer significantly increases the chance for successful treatment. The American Cancer Society reports that more than 7,000 deaths result from oral cancer out of the 30,000 annually diagnosed cases. How many of these deaths could have been avoided with an oral cancer exam and early detection? Oral cancer often doesn’t manifest with the usual signs of cancer. A professional screening from Auburn Periodontics and Implantology can identify oral cancer during the early stages which contributes to a better treatment outcomes.

Teeth and Gum Line Cleaning

Routine cleaning of your teeth and gum line by a general or periodontal hygienist is a vital component of a good oral health regimen. These cleanings are important in preventing inflammation of the gum tissue, also known as gingivitis, and other periodontal diseases (diseases of the gums). If all of the bacteria that accumulates in your mouth is not thoroughly removed, it accumulates and causes inflammation of the gums. Left untreated, inflammation leads to gum disease and other periodontal diseases. Over time, diseases of the gums cause teeth to decay, become loose, and deteriorate - ultimately resulting in loss of the tooth.   


A healthy smile and healthy gums begins with quality education about how you can take care of your teeth at home. Your hygienist will discuss proper technique for brushing and flossing, and provide education on how your diet and lifestyle may affect your dental health. 

For example, sugary foods and drink, smoking tobacco, and excessive alcohol consumption can increase your risk for periodontal diseases. Your hygienist will provide compassionate education to help you identify areas in which you can take control of your oral health at-home and in your everyday life.