Guided Biofilm Therapy

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Oral Health Hygiene

Daily brushing and ensuring to clean in between your teeth and along the gum line is particularly important in order to prevent and remove any plaque that may be present. If the plaque is not removed daily, it continues to build up, leading to tooth decay and gum disease.

A professional dental clean is as important as daily brushing. We cannot remove 100% of the bacteria that sits under our gums and in between our teeth.  For this reason, it is recommended to go to your dentist for a professional clean every 6 months to remove and monitor the bacteria.

At Grandstand Dental Care, we have advanced technology that helps with the removal of bacteria.  Our AIRFLOW Prophylaxis Master is the newest and most efficient way to remove plaque pain-free by reaching up to 4 mm under the gums.

What is Guided Biofilm Therapy?

Guided Biofilm Therapy is a procedure used to treat biofilm and maintain healthy teeth over time. This procedure is a combination of dental care at home as well as by your dentist.

What does Oral Biofilm mean?

The bacteria found on your teeth is called oral biofilm or dental plaque. Biofilm is barely visible to the naked eye unless it has been sitting on your teeth for a long period of time and has transformed into tartar.

Dental plaque is the main factor for caries, periodontal disease and implant infections.  Regular oral hygiene, combined with professional measures keeps biofilm under control for better oral health.

Your teeth have millions of different bacteria – both good and bad – that multiply in your mouth when you eat, particularly sugar. This bacteria turns sugar into acids, which then causes tooth decay and can also damage the gums and bone.

Accumulation of bacterial deposits on teeth is the primary cause of periodontitis.  Thorough removal of such deposits has proven to be efficient in the treatment of this disease.

How can Biofilm be removed efficiently?

Biofilm can be removed by using a discloser to first paint your teeth to make visible any bacteria that may be present.  This is followed by a technique called “air-polishing” which cleans and polishes the surfaces of the teeth with a jet of compressed air containing an abrasive powder. This abrasive powder is made from erythritol, which is a sugar alcohol that is safe to use on all surfaces, including soft and hard tissue, restorative materials, orthodontic appliances, and implants. Using this technique offers efficient biofilm disruption, as well as light to moderate stain removal.

What is Erythritol?

Erythritol is type of sugar alcohol which are has a different chemical structure. They’re found naturally in some fruits and vegetables.  Sugar alcohols are often used as lower calorie sweeteners in sugar-free chewing gum and also have direct effects in preventing caries and disrupting oral biofilms.

When they’re used in combination with the Guided Biofilm Therapy, they work to clean and polish all surfaces of the teeth and can reach up to 4 mm under the gums, allowing us to ensure proper care for your teeth.

Erythritol also shows better results than other sugar alcohols in curbing disease progression in both gingivitis and periodontitis.

What is Disclosing?

An important step of Guided Biofilm Therapy is making the biofilm visible on the teeth and gums. This is  called “disclosing”. Using this step helps to ensure all biofilm is effectively removed.

The discloser comes in the form of a tablet or paste, and is a dye used to colour the plaque. Once applied to all surfaces of the teeth, it is rinsed off with water and leaves a coloured stain in all areas where bacteria is present.  This guides the dentist in removing the biofilm and preserving the natural tissues. Disclosing delivers great treatment quality as it clearly shows whether all biofilm has in fact been removed.  The dentist uses this information to advise which areas of your teeth you may need to focus on brushing more.

The combination of the discloser and powder used, removes up to 100% of biofilm. Without Guided Biofilm Therapy, biofilm can over time lead to dental disease.

What are the benefits of Guided Biofilm Therapy?

The benefits of having your teeth cleaned using Guided Biofilm Therapy include:

PAIN-FREE

Professional teeth cleaning with Guided Biofilm Therapy makes getting your teeth cleaned a better experience for you. The treatment is painless and does not damage your teeth.  Guided Biofilm Therapy is today’s game changer and has nothing in common with the old dental hygiene methods.

PRESERVING HEALTHY TEETH

Guided Biofilm Therapy reduces the use of hand instruments and force put onto the teeth as it is minimally invasive on all types of dental tissues: dentine, cementum, enamel and gums. It’s also a much more comfortable experience and makes your visit to the dentist more enjoyable.

MAINTAINING ORTHODONTIC APPLIANCES

Orthodontic appliances increase biofilm growth in areas not accessible by daily brushing. The bacteria can create gum disease and caries if it is not disrupted regularly. Using Guided Biofilm Therapy helps prevent caries and gingivitis as it’s more effective with cleaning both the teeth and brackets.

PREVENTING CARIES

Caries often develop in areas hardly accessible, such as interdental areas, fissures and under the gums. Guided Biofilm Therapy delivers a more accurate, precise and early detection of caries on clean surfaces. It also allows fluoride to access a clean tooth more easily.

Biofilm is not always visible to the naked eye. Disclosing biofilm helps to remove all of it, preventing caries and gum disease.

PRESERVING RESTORATIONS

To avoid gum recession which is a  critical factor when it comes to aesthetic restorations, biofilm must be removed regularly. Guided Biofilm Therapy inhibits stains and discoloration, helping you prevent your smile.

TREATING GUM DISEASE

Using a combination of instruments, AIRFLOW®, PIEZON® PS and the PLUS Powder helps us remove bacteria on the teeth and under the gums easily and safely, ensuring we treat gum disease.