Guided Biofilm Therapy (GBT) is the most advanced technology for the removal of tartar.
WHAT IS BIOFILM?
A biofilm is a film layer that adheres permanently to the surface of teeth, dentures or implants, which enables the embedding of different bacteria. If it is not removed, another and another layer can build up on top of it, allowing other, stronger strains of bacteria to multiply in this coating.
WHY IS BIOFILM REMOVAL IMPORTANT?
Biofilm layers on the teeth surface can cause gingivitis in the first stage, and permanent gingivitis can have more serious consequences:
- weakening of the supporting structure of the teeth
- bone loss
- periodontal disease, which can even lead to tooth loss.
The development of periodontal disease can sometimes be linked to other general problems, such as cardiovascular changes or respiratory diseases (e.g. COPD), or arthritis and the all-too-common problem of diabetes.
BIOFILM THERAPY IS RECOMMENDED FOR A WIDE RANGE OF PATIENTS:
- For anyone who simply wants to try one of the most advanced oral hygiene treatments available.
- For those who are experiencing problems, or are more at risk for dental issues.
- For those who suffer from bleeding gums, often feel that their breath smells unpleasant, or are prone to cavities.
- For those who are concerned about prevention, who want to keep their teeth healthy, and those who want to prolong the life of their existing fillings, crowns or implants.
- For those who wear fixed braces, as they should pay particular attention to oral hygiene in this period.
- For clients with periodontal disease.
- For adolescent children whose oral flora composition may be altered by hormonal changes, and who often have poor oral hygiene, making them more vulnerable to tooth decay.
- For expecting mothers who also need to pay special attention to dental care throughout pregnancy.
Now that we’ve explored its usefulness, let’s take a closer look at biofilm therapy, the most modern form of oral hygiene treatment available in our clinic.
HOW IS BIOFILM THERAPY (GBT THERAPY) DONE?
The therapy course consists of a multi-step protocol that guarantees effectiveness and gentle removal of plaque and tartar.
STEP 1: RECORDING MEDICAL HISTORY
During this process called anamnesis, we explore our patient’s oral hygiene habits in detail. This is followed by a thorough examination of the oral cavity, assessment of the condition of the teeth, dental probing and noting the bleeding score.
STEP 2: PLAQUE STAINING
The therapy always continues with making the biofilm visible by staining the plaque. In this step, the teeth are colored with a purple-blue staining agent to reveal the biofilm covering the surface of teeth and restorations.
JUST WHEN YOU THINK YOU’VE BRUSHED YOUR TEETH THOROUGHLY, PLAQUE STAINING REVEALS THE TRUTH!
The two cases below help to show the benefits of biofilm therapy.
Initial state after arrival.
Following plaque staining.
After guided biofilm therapy. Due to the inflammation of the gums, the patient was called back after a short recall interval.
The three photos clearly illustrate the difference between the initial state and the state after biofilm therapy. The deposits are clearly visible in the first image, but they become more prominent after staining.
Following plaque staining
Teeth and gums after guided biofilm therapy
STEP 3: INSTRUCTIONS AND MOTIVATION
Based on the areas discolored by the stain, our dental hygienists will demonstrate and refine your brushing technique adapted to your individual needs. The staining will immediately highlight the problem areas, showing where and what you need to change in your at-home oral care to achieve and maintain a healthy environment in your mouth.
STEP 4: REMOVAL OF BIOFILM AND TARTAR
We use AIRFLOW technology to spray off any discoloration left on the teeth.
Whenever necessary, this is followed by scaling (removal of tartar) using a Piezo device, a gentler and more delicate solution than those used in the past.
If needed, we also guide the sandblaster below the gums with a specially designed head. If hard deposits of tartar are found, they are also removed, both above and below the gums using Piezo device and manual equipment.
At the end of the treatment, we show the patient the achieved result, we repeat the instructions and motivations, and schedule their next appointment (the so-called recall). The recall cycle (frequency) may vary from patient to patient, as it is based on individual assessment.
WHY IS IT THE MOST MODERN ORAL HYGIENE TREATMENT?
Let’s take a look at the benefits of biofilm therapy:
- It’s a minimally invasive procedure. Thanks to plaque staining, the biofilm layer, tartar and plaque can be clearly identified.
- Airflow Max technology removes stains and tartar extremely gently and safely.
- Another important point! Scaling is much gentler with the Piezon head. The therapy is quick and guaranteed to be painless.
- The use of this technology allows the early detection of developing cavities.
- It minimizes the inconvenience experienced when cleaning abrased necks of teeth.
GBT technology is therefore not only effective in improving gingivitis, but also in removing discoloration of teeth, to achieve whiter, healthier teeth.
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ORAL HYGIENE ADVICE
If you want to prevent the above mentioned symptoms, here are a few things to pay attention to
- Avoid acidic foods and drinks and make a habit of brushing your teeth at least half an hour after eating.
- Take extra care to brush your teeth thoroughly! Be sure to clean all areas of the oral cavity, including the gaps between the teeth and the gum line.
- Use an appropriate amount of toothpaste, as this helps remove plaque. If you have sensitive teeth, use a toothpaste specially formulated to help with this. These can even provide immediate relief for sensitivity.
- Use a soft-bristled toothbrush to prevent tooth wear.
- Brush and floss at least twice a day to prevent the inflammation of gums and tooth decay.
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