Guided Biofilm Therapy-A fresh Approach To Dental Hygiene
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Guided Biofilm Therapy-A fresh approach to dental hygiene

Guided Biofilm Therapy-A fresh approach to dental hygiene
Harpenden Dentist - Wayside Dental Practice
10, Feb 2020

We are excited to introduce the EMS Airflow Prophylaxis Master and Guided Biofilm Therapy. This new equipment allows our hygienists to clean your teeth faster, more efficiently and extremely comfortably. It also allows our hygienists to perform guided biofilm therapy, the very latest technique in dental maintenance and protection.

What is an EMS Airflow?

This machine has two instruments- an airflow and a scalercalled a Piezon.

EMS Airflow is an innovative device that projects a controlled stream of air, warm water and fine powder onto the tooth and in hard to reach areas to remove food particles, plaque and stains. The EMS delivers the most technologically advanced and finest of powders at a controlled rate so is a minimally invasive and comfortable treatment. The water is heated to 40 degrees Celsius which has been proven to be the perfect temperature for those with sensitive teeth.

The Airflow can be used for other treatments including cleaning orthodontic appliances, dentures and implants without damaging the soft tissues or the implants.It is also perfect for removing staining before tooth whitening.

The Piezon is a scaler that is used to remove harder deposits not removed by the Airflow. It is gum friendly, comfortable and minimally invasive due to its shape and linear movements.

Guided Biofilm Therapy (GBT)

Biofilmis a collection of bacteria and their secretions sticking together to form a slime like substance (known as an extracellular matrix) that adheres to teeth.Biofilms promote bacterial growth and make it harder for the body’s defence system to attack them. Biofilm is the main cause of decay, gingivitis and periodontal (gum) disease.

The incidence of biofilm can be greatly reduced by good oral hygiene at home and our hygienists provide comprehensive instruction on this. However, even the most meticulous will find it difficult to reach all areas where biofilm can develop.

GBT is a treatment where the Airflow instrument is used to agitate and therefore disrupt the biofilm on your teeth and under the gum line, allowing the body’s defences to more easily attack the bacteria. While doing this it also removes plaque and staining. Any remaining hard deposits are then cleaned away using the scaler. Because 95% of the work is done with the Airflow, there is reduced need for hand and ultrasonic scalers and cleaning paste, so it is minimally invasive, extremely comfortable and kind to both teeth and gums.

This additional tool will allow our hygienists to offer you the very latest dental hygiene technique and is a superb adjunct to their existing techniques. Book in now to refresh your smile!