Introducing Airflow and Guided Biofilm Therapy
What is Guided Biofilm Therapy (GBT)?
GBT is a systematic, predictable solution for dental biofilm (dental plaque) management in professional prophylaxis using AIRFLOW, PERIOFLOW and PIEZON technologies. It is a minimally invasive technique to manage dental plaque, meaning less use of abrasive and sometimes sensitive instruments and equipment, that results in a better outcome regarding plaque levels in the mouth.
What is dental biofilm?
A biofilm comprises any group of microorganisms which stick to each other and then to a surface. In the mouth the biofilm is dental plaque. Many patients understand that plaque contains the bacteria which is damaging to both gums and teeth. However, not everyone is aware that plaque changes over time; immature plaque is far less damaging than plaque that has been left on gum tissue and teeth for an extended period.
The aim of GBT
Dental plaque is damaging for gums and teeth, it causes both gum disease and dental decay. GBT aims to both REDUCE the AMOUNT and stop the REGROWTH of dental biofilm. AIRFLOW PLUS POWDER prevents biofilm forming as rapidly in the mouth. It acts underneath gum tissue, around dental implants, bridges and orthodontic appliances, by clearing the plaque in these areas and then slowing down the regrowth. Most patients worry that hygiene sessions will cause pain and sensitivity, and unfortunately ultrasonic cleaners and hand scaling can sometimes be painful. The aim of GBT is to provide more effective biofilm management using a pain-free technique. AIRFLOW and PERIOFLOW use jets of water that are pre-warmed to body temperature. The powder is contained within the water and uses kinetic energy to remove plaque. Once it is then clean the remaining powder acts as a gentle antibacterial to slow down the production of plaque. The powder used is a POLYOL. This type of compound is used as a sweetener in food products, it is completely safe for use in both adults and children.
How is Airflow used?
In an AIRFLOW or PERIOFLOW session, plaque is disclosed (stained) in the patient’s mouth to make it visible to both the patient and clinician. The jet of water is then used to remove the biofilm. It is non-abrasive to hard tissue and can also be used on the tongue, cheeks and gums. It is the best solution for orthodontic appliances, dental appliances, implants, bridges, crowns and veneers.
Are there other benefits of using Airflow and Peri flow?
Due to the nature of the powder, AIRFLOW and PERIOFLOW are also excellent at stain removal – better than conventional polishing. Most patients do not require their teeth to be polished following the use of this system, and most report their teeth feeling smoother and remaining smoother for longer.
Am I eligible for Airflow?
If you would like more information regarding GBT and AIRFLOW please speak to your dentist or your hygienist before or at your next appointment.
Nicholas McAulay BDS (Manchester) MJDF