Healthy teeth and gums using GBT and Airflow at our dentist Coorparoo


It is important that you visit our dentist Coorparoo on a regular basis to make sure that your teeth are clean and free of plaque and tartar. Plaque and tartar are the main causes of dental issues and research shows that each millimetre of dental plaque may contain more than 200 million bacteria. Poor oral hygiene or avoiding the dentist allows this bacteria to spread and result in the development of biofilm. Biofilm is the colonisation of bacteria in the mouth which causes gingivitis and periodontitis and can have a detrimental impact on your overall wellbeing.

If you are suffering from gum disease then speak to us at Brisbane Laser Dentist and book an appointment with our dentist Coorparoo to find out about periodontal therapy. Periodontal therapy is the treatment of gingivitis or periodontitis beginning with the removal of biofilm from your teeth. Traditionally this is carried out using scaling and root planing techniques by our hygienist. Much research and development has been carried out to find more effective and convenient methods of removing biofilm and here at our practice we are proud to offer guided biofilm therapy or GBT with the help of Airflow.

Scaling and root cleaning techniques are great at removing plaque and tartar from the teeth to help reduce the signs and symptoms of periodontal disease. However, it is an invasive procedure involving manual techniques which some patients may find uncomfortable, especially those suffering from dental anxiety or phobia. GBT is a less invasive method of removing biofilm from your mouth, ideal for those who suffer from nerves at the dentist.

How is GBT with Airflow carried out?

To remove biofilm from the teeth using GBT, our dentist Coorparoo will first give you a coloured dye to spread over your teeth, which works in the same way as disclosing tablets, to help clearly display the biofilm on your teeth. This is necessary because biofilm can be difficult to detect accurately and our dentist will need to make sure it is removed completely for successful treatment. Not only does disclosing help the dentist to see where plaque and tartar is present on your teeth, but it also helps you see the amount of biofilm on your teeth and encourages better oral hygiene or more regular visits to the dentist where necessary.

Once our dentist can see the biofilm on your teeth, we use Airflow technology to remove plaque, as well as any extrinsic staining which may have occurred since the last time you visited the dentist. The use of Airflow helps remove biofilm from hard-to-reach areas such as deep pits and fissures, gaps between the teeth, misaligned and overlapping teeth, below the gum line as well as on orthodontic appliances. Airflow removes biofilm from your mouth using the Airflow Prophylaxis Master device which gives out a carefully controlled stream of air, water and abrasive powder designed to exfoliate the surface of the enamel. Finally, any remaining subgingival plaque and tartar are removed using manual scaling techniques if necessary. Speak to our dentist Coorparoo here today to find out more.

All treatment carries risks. Individual consultation is required with one of our practitioners to ensure that the treatment is right for you.