What is Guided Biofilm Therapy?
Guided Biofilm therapy is a cutting edge, super fast and pain-free technique which uses Airflow technology in place of the traditional ‘scale and polish’ method in getting rid of bacteria, plaques and stains from the teeth. The Swiss innovation allows a dental hygienist to transform the patient experience by exchanging old school methods for a revolutionary that offers fear-free oral healthcare for all ages.
The understanding of Guided Biofilm Therapy is through the definition of biofilms. I wasn’t familiar with the word “biofilm” until I paid a visit to the hygienist. Then I was enlightened on Airflow dental. A biofilm is a group of bacteria that live together to share what they eat and usually are found on teeth as early as teeth development begins.
In biological terms, it is a collection of cells clinging together to share resources as one huge micro-organism. It is made up of a single type of bacteria or a few examples of bacteria.
An excellent example of the bacteria that behave like this is the yeast, those in biofilms do behave differently as compared to those existing alone. They do not just appear on children and grown-up people; it does not isolate gender; it also appears in babies who are still developing teeth.
The obvious question that everybody can ask is, why do biofilms grow? They grow because of the sugar in the food you eat and also the naturally available sugar in the mouth. They also multiply in a low PH environment, and any time you eat the PH comes down, making active and feed. It is imperative to manage biofilms at an early stage since it is a long-term process and helps in the reduction of the dangers of cavities.
How Does Guided Biofilm Therapy Works?
EMS AirFlow dental technology is the leading technology in biofilms management. This method employs a non-abrasive airflow-polishing tool which is used to remove biofilms deposits on the teeth. The airflow polish is necessary before dealing with any hard deposits so that it minimises the use of force in the process of removal of biofilms.
There are other dental issues, and oral health that I believe can be managed differently but Guided Biofilm Therapy is ideal for removal of Supra and Sub-gingival biofilms.
Guided Biofilm Therapy is the systematic removal of Biofilms in the mouth by the supervision or personal by a professional hygienist. Guided Biofilm Therapy is different from the conventional methods in the sense that there are no prone power tools, causing abrasiveness in this therapy; it is all about air-polishing all through the entire process.
Reasons Why Guided Biofilm Therapy is Better Than Traditional Methods (Scrap and Polish)
Scraping can be abrasive in itself. I may not advocate for this method of biofilms removal when an option like Guided Biofilm Therapy is available. The traditional methods are not sufficient compared to Guided Biofilm therapy that is conducted by a professional hygienist.
The technology in GBT is more effective and less time consuming than the traditional method. Scrapping, for instance, is done by bare eyes; the thin layers of biofilms may not be visible, making the entire procedure inaccurate. The other methods are also not all that comfortable as compared to GBT uses non-abrasive Airflow technology.
Why you should visit a Hygienist for Guided Biofilm Therapy
I will advocate for a hygienist visit in this matter rather than the traditional technicians out there. One reason that stands out when it comes to visiting a hygienist is the fact that they are trained for the job. Their training is a sign of quality and accurate service; they not only can perfect the Guided Biofilm Therapy but are also in a position to give advice professionally on the next course of action. A hygienist starts any works of the removal of the biofilms after they are professionally required to establish the state of your mouth and in this way you are guaranteed more relaxed and professional work.
Biofilms may appear to be a smaller thing to give attention to yet complex condition that can lead to more devastating situations.
If biofilms get to the worst levels, it can lead to the overgrowing of bacteria that can be an onset of other complications.
Taking time to have yourself assessed by a hygienist is not a luxury; neither is a waste of time or resources. It’s has a great benefit. GBT at some point can be a new technology to some, but it’s been existence, and many people have benefited from it, including me.
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