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Guided Biofilm Therapy – a Complete Guide (GBT)

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They say, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”  And for those tired of dealing with dental problems like cavities and gum disease, Biofilm Therapy is providing a better systemic oral health outcome.

While we all know that biannual dental cleanings are essential for keeping your teeth and gums healthy, the ADA reveals that only 36% of adults reported a dental visit in 2020.

Guided Biofilm Therapy at University Avenue Dental is a gentler, stress-free way to have your teeth cleaned. 

In this comprehensive guide, we’ll explore everything you need to know about Guided Biofilm Therapy at University Avenue Dental, from how it works to what you can expect during your appointment.

Let’s get started!

What is guided biofilm therapy?

Guided Biofilm Therapy (GBT) is a dental cleaning process that uses advanced technology and techniques to gently remove dental plaque and other harmful oral bacteria from your teeth and gums.

Biofilm is a term used to describe a thin film of bacteria that can form on your teeth and gums, leading to dental problems such as cavities, gum disease, and bad breath.

Guided Biofilm Therapy is a highly effective and precise way to remove biofilm from your teeth and gums. This therapy uses specialized tools and techniques to target and remove the biofilm in a controlled and precise manner.

This process includes using an air-polishing device that sprays a mixture of water, air, and fine powder particles onto your teeth to remove the biofilm and an ultrasonic scaler to remove hardened plaque and tartar.

GBT is connected with Oral Systemic Health, the concept that oral health is closely linked to overall health and well-being. This concept means that the health of the mouth, teeth, and gums can impact other systems in the body.

We will talk briefly about this later.

How does guided biofilm therapy work?

1. Dental health assessment

Evaluating the biofilm buildup

We first evaluate the extent of biofilm buildup and other issues by thoroughly assessing your dental health.

We will carefully examine your teeth and gums to determine the extent of the biofilm buildup and assess any issues that need attention before the cleaning begins.

2. Biofilm removal

Air-polishing for sparkling teeth

Our team will use an air-polishing device to remove the biofilm from your teeth. This gentle and pain-free device uses a combination of air, water, and fine powder particles to blast away the biofilm, leaving your teeth clean and sparkling.

3. Tartar removal

Ultrasonic scaling for a deeper clean

Our dental team will use an ultrasonic scaler, which utilizes high-frequency vibrations to break up the tartar, making it easier to remove from your teeth. This process ensures a thorough and deep cleaning, leaving your teeth and gums healthy and refreshed.

Benefits of guided biofilm therapy

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Guided Biofilm Therapy offers numerous benefits for your dental health, including:

  • Preventing problems like cavities, gum or periodontal disease, and bad breath
  • Improving the overall appearance of your teeth and smile
  • Promoting good dental hygiene and preventing future problems
  • Being gentle and comfortable compared to traditional dental cleaning methods
  • Being suitable for patients of all ages and dental health levels
  • The protocol gives a clinician a systematic workflow

Who can benefit from guided biofilm therapy?

Guided Biofilm Therapy is suitable for a wide range of patients, including those who:

  • Have dental problems like cavities, gum disease, and bad breath
  • Want to maintain good dental hygiene and prevent future problems
  • Have sensitive teeth or gums and need a gentle cleaning method
  • Want to improve the appearance of their teeth and smile
  • Want a comfortable and pain-free dental cleaning

What to expect during a guided biofilm therapy appointment

During your Guided Biofilm Therapy appointment at University Avenue Dental, you can expect a comfortable and stress-free experience.

Our dental team will guide you through the step-by-step process, explaining what’s happening and ensuring you’re comfortable throughout the cleaning.

Before your appointment, you should brush your teeth and floss as usual, and this will help to remove any loose debris and make the cleaning process more effective. Our dental team will use specialized tools and techniques to thoroughly clean your teeth and gums during your appointment.

After your Guided Biofilm Therapy appointment, you may experience minor sensitivity or discomfort in your teeth and gums. This sensation is normal and should go away within a few hours. We recommend brushing and flossing regularly and returning for regular checkups and cleanings to maintain good dental hygiene.

Oral systemic health

Oral systemic health, saliva testing, and Guided Biofilm Therapy (GBT) are all interconnected components of comprehensive dental care.

Saliva testing provides insights into an individual’s overall health status and can be used to assess their risk for oral diseases.

GBT therapy aims to improve oral and systemic health by removing biofilm and reducing inflammation in the mouth.

By addressing underlying health issues and promoting oral-systemic health, GBT therapy can help to reduce the risk of systemic conditions, such as cardiovascular disease and diabetes, and improve overall well-being.

Final thoughts

Guided Biofilm Therapy is a comprehensive dental hygiene approach that promotes oral and systemic health.

By removing biofilm and reducing inflammation in the mouth, GBT therapy can help to prevent dental problems and improve overall well-being.

Saliva testing can assess an individual’s oral systemic health and identify potential health issues.

At University Avenue Dental, our commitment to advanced dental treatments like GBT therapy reflects our dedication to helping our patients maintain healthy and beautiful smiles.

If you want to learn more about GBT therapy and how it can benefit your oral-systemic health, contact us today to schedule an appointment with our dental professionals.

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Our dental office, University Avenue Dental, is in Muncie, IN… This text opens a new tab to the Google Maps website…, and serves the surrounding communities of Anderson, Yorktown, Selma, Middletown Park, and New Castle.

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