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Guided Biofilm Therapy

Guided Biofilm Therapy

Guided Biofilm Therapy Midtown TX

Guided Biofilm Therapy is an evidence-based, systematic approach to managing dental biofilm during professional prevention. It utilizes advanced AIRFLOW®, PERIOFLOW®, and PIEZON® technologies to treat teeth, soft tissues, and implants effectively.

Guided Biofilm Therapy

The Minimally Invasive Way

No More Rubber Cups

No More Brushes

No More Paste

Less Use Of Power And Hand Instrumentation

What is GBT?

Taking care of your teeth at home isn't always enough to completely clear away new bacterial buildup in hard-to-reach pockets. That's why supportive periodontal therapy (SPT) is crucial for professional management of dental biofilm. Guided biofilm therapy (GBT) is a methodical way of tackling plaque and calculus. It begins by pinpointing plaque with a disclosing agent, then using air abrasive powder to gently remove plaque and stains. Afterward, specialized tools can target subgingival plaque and calculus, with scaling if needed, using specialized tips for precision.

Why is GBT a "Game Changer"?

Dental biofilm is the primary cause of caries, as well as periodontal and peri-implant infections. Periodontitis can also elevate the risk of systemic diseases, including cardiovascular and respiratory diseases, arthritis, and diabetes.

Maintaining regular oral hygiene, supplemented by professional care, helps control biofilm, promoting better oral and systemic health. Axelsson and Lindhe pioneered preventive dentistry in the 1970s with their studies and clinical protocols centered on prophylaxis during "recall hours."

Guided Biofilm Therapy (GBT) aligns with the European Federation of Periodontology (EFP) guidelines on Professional Mechanical Plaque Removal (PMPR) and Oral Hygiene Instructions (OHI) for home care.

"Periodontal Health — for a better life!"

GBT Benefits

Safe and Effective

GBT is a truly minimally invasive approach that minimizes the need for hand and sonic/ultrasonic instruments. It is safe, effective, and gentle on teeth, soft tissues, and implants. Additionally, GBT is suitable for preventing primary caries and periodontal issues in children and teenagers.

Superior Cleaning

GBT starts with the application of a disclosing agent, which helps clinicians identify and thoroughly remove all biofilm during professional tooth cleaning procedures, ensuring comprehensive biofilm removal.


Comfortable and Time Saving Treatment

A minimally invasive protocol that allows for a significant reduction in treatment time compared to standard Professional Mechanical Plaque Removal (PMPR) methods, such as using curettes and rubber cups.

Greater Recalls

Guided Biofilm Therapy (GBT) is integral to a comprehensive preventive strategy aimed at preserving patients' oral health and enhancing their overall well-being. This approach results in higher patient retention and increased referrals.


What is Dental Biofilm?

Dental biofilm, a complex mix of microbes, develops on surfaces inside the mouth—like teeth, implants, and dental appliances. It can threaten gum and implant health, especially in tough-to-clean spots, posing challenges for oral hygiene. Although scaling and root planing (SRP) is traditional for plaque removal, it isn't flawless. A more recent approach, guided biofilm therapy (GBT), starts by identifying and removing biofilm using a disclosing agent and air abrasive powder, then clearing away calculus. GBT offers new hope in treating periodontal and implant issues effectively.

What are Disclosing Agents?

Disclosing agents are safe substances that color bacterial plaque, making it visible and easier to remove accurately. They help patients and clinicians assess oral hygiene effectively. By applying them before brushing, scaling, or surgery, these agents improve the removal of biofilm and enhance clinical outcomes. Clinicians use them to encourage patients and improve their oral hygiene performance, often calling this approach the "colorimetric technique." Disclosing agents provide a clear view of plaque, helping motivate patients and prevent periodontal disease.

To Sum it All Up

Based on the latest findings, it's clear that GBT effectively removes biofilm around teeth and implants. Patients generally find it more comfortable and easier to follow than traditional SRP during non-surgical or supportive periodontal therapy. However, when it comes to peri-implant diseases, while GBT reduces plaque, its effectiveness as the sole treatment requires more extensive, long-term studies due to its relatively short-lasting clinical outcomes.

FLOSS Dental of Houston Midtown

2707 Milam St Suite C,
Houston, TX 77006, United States

Monday: 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday: 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday: CLOSED
Thursday: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday: 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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