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Why Is Guided Biofilm Therapy a Game-Changer?

guided biofilm therapy (GBT) is the predictable and systematic solution for dental biofilm management. It consists of treatment protocols that are based on risk assessments and diagnosis of individual patients to achieve optimal results.

Guided biofilm therapy is carried out in the least invasive way and with the highest level of efficiency, comfort, and safety. Guided biofilm therapy also includes oral hygiene instructions with toothbrushes and patient motivation to ensure the longevity of the teeth and the dental implants.

What Makes Guided Biofilm Therapy a Game-Changer

Dental biofilm is the primary etiologic factor for periodontal, caries, and peri-implant infections. Periodontitis can also increase the risk of systemic diseases such as diabetes, arthritis, and cardiovascular and respiratory conditions.

Regular dental hygiene combined with professional measures can keep biofilm under control to achieve better systemic and oral health. GBT follows the European Federation of Periodontology recommendations on Professional Mechanical Plaque Removal.

This Swiss innovation has also transformed the patient experience dramatically by using a revolutionary system that provides a lifetime of fear-free and pain-free oral healthcare instead of the traditional cleaning methods.

GBT is done during routine cleanings and uses “AirFlow” technology which combines air, warm water, and soft cleaning powder to remove all the bacteria or biofilm in the mouth that causes gum disease and tooth decay.

Guided Biofilm Therapy is also considered gentle, minimally invasive, and highly effective. This means that patients with gum disease, veneers, braces, crowns, and implants are considered eligible for treatment.

The procedure is so gentle that GBT can be used on restorations, implants, orthodontic braces, tongue and the gums, and the natural teeth. GBT is also great for those who want to remove teeth stains from tea, wine, and coffee.

The Guided Biofilm Therapy Process

Step 01: Assess

Screen for common oral diseases.

  • Gum disease
  • Tooth decay
  • Implant infections
  • Oral cancer/pre-cancerous lesions

Step 02: Disclose

Make biofilm visible.

  • Use Biofilm Discloser to highlight disclosed biofilm and areas of accumulation
  • Color will guide the removal of biofilm
  • Once biofilm has been removed, calculus is easier to detect

Step 03: Motivate

Teach and raise awareness:

  • Put emphasis on prevention
  • Instruct patients on the right oral hygiene routine

Step 04: Airflow

Remove stains, biofilm, and early calculus.

  • Use Airflow for restorations, implants, and natural teeth
  • Remove biofilm supra- and subgingivally
  • Remove remaining stains on enamel
  • Remove biofilm from the palate, tongue, and gingiva

Step 05: Perioflow

  • Use PLUS Powder on the natural teeth in root furcations and deep pockets (natural teeth)
  • Use new and slimmer Perioflow nozzle

Step 06: Piezon PS

  • Use minimally invasive scaler tip supra- and sungingivally up to 10mm
  • Use PI instrument around implants up to 3 mm subgingivally (and on restorations)

Step 07: Check.

  • Conduct a final check for remaining biofilm
  • Ensure calculus is removed fully
  • Diagnose caries accurately
  • Protect with fluoride preparation as needed

Step 08: Recall

A healthy patient is a happy patient.

  • Schedule recall frequency based on risk assessment

GBT keeps the use of power and hand instrumentation to a minimum. Airflow is considered minimally invasive on various types of dental issues including gums, enamel, dentine, and cementum.

Orthodontic appliances can also increase biofilm growth in areas that are not accessible by traditional prophylaxis and daily brushing. Biofilm can create caries, gingivitis, and wire friction in orthodontic appliances.

Airflow can remove biofilm and have full access to critical areas. Proven effective and safe on brackets and teeth, it also helps prevent caries.