How Guided Biofilm Therapy Works
Guided Biofilm Therapy is such a great addition to our Las Vegas dental office because the science of oral health drives it. Biofilm is the scientific name for plaque. Biofilm is responsible for about 95% of all oral health problems. By focusing on safely and effectively removing biofilm from your teeth, we can head off cavities and gum disease.
The Guided Biofilm Therapy approach utilizes 8 steps for full effect:
- Assess oral health
- Reveal biofilm
- Discuss oral hygiene and make recommendations
- Clean teeth and tongue with Airflow ® tool
- Clean space around teeth
- Remove tartar from teeth
- Final check
- Schedule your next appointment
Read the more detailed descriptions of these steps below.
Assessing Your Oral Health
To begin, your Las Vegas dentist or hygienist will rinse your mouth with a highly effective mouthwash to help control active bacterial infections. Then they will look at your teeth and gums.
At the heart of the Guided Biofilm Approach is using a discloser that colors the biofilm on your teeth and gums. This helps us see how much biofilm you have and where it is.
Home Hygiene Recommendations
Once we see the biofilm on your teeth, we will better understand how well your home hygiene routine is working. We might recommend changes to your tools, such as switching to an interdental cleaner instead of standard dental floss.
Cleaning Teeth and More
The Airflow ® tool effectively cleans biofilm from your teeth, tongue, gums, and more. It uses a focused stream of powder to blow the biofilm off your teeth. This is gentler on your teeth and gums than manual scraping and polishing. It’s even gentler than other air-polishing tools.
Cleaning around Your Teeth
Next, we utilize a special attachment to direct powder into the space between your teeth and gums. This cleans out bacteria down there without harming the tooth root, which is not as hard as the visible part of your tooth.
Remove Tartar from Teeth
Established tartar deposits on your teeth are harder to remove. To eliminate them, we use a vibrating tool. This tool has precisely controlled motions to get the tartar off without harming your enamel or gums. It’s even effective at cleaning around dental implants.
Once we’ve removed the tartar from your teeth, we will look for any signs of cavities. Cavities are easier to detect once we’ve removed biofilm and tartar. If we see cavities, we will recommend tooth-colored fillings when appropriate.
Schedule Your Next Appointment
At the end of your hygiene appointment, Las Vegas dentist Dr. Polley will talk to you about when to schedule your next appointment. The standard twice-yearly appointments are just an estimate, and they aren’t suitable for everyone. Based on your health and the biofilm buildup on your teeth, we will recommend when your next appointment should be. It might be in less than six months or further off.