In search of a better solution
Combining all of the above problems made me want a better solution. I want to provide my patients with the best treatment possible and I don’t want my patients leaving their appointments with biofilm still trapped in modules.
After initially discovering success with AIRFLOW® (EMS) for implant patients, I was interested in what it could offer my orthodontic patients. What I discovered is that by using AIRFLOW in combination with Guiding Biofilm Therapy, I was getting amazing results.
If you had asked me before AIRFLOW to plaque disclose my ortho patients, I may have thought you were either crazy or you hated me. Before AIRFLOW, I didn’t want to plaque disclose my patients who have orthodontic appliances as it would have provided proof of the areas where I left biofilm behind because I couldn’t get to it.
I now plaque disclose every single one of my patients as part of the “8 steps” of the Guided Biofilm Therapy protocol.
Guided Biofilm Therapy
By using the Guided Biofilm Therapy protocol, you achieve predictable biofilm removal with 100% and 360 degree accessibility. It’s safe and effective around the sulcus, there is no change in the surface of the appliance and not only is it more comfortable for the patient with better results, I am happy!
I feel so much happier with my results not only at the time of the appointment but because the long term benefits for the patient in terms of motivation and education are so much better. Not only do the patient and I see better results, but it is also clinically proven that using a plaque disclosing solution to guide biofilm removal shows better outcomes for the patient.
In Botti et al 2010,3 Bastendorf et al 2016,4 and Viorica et al 2013,5 all confirm higher efficiency in professional prophylaxis when done with the use of a disclosing agent. In the study by Viorica et al, Dental Plaque - Classification, Formation and Identification,5 it was shown that “dental plaque diagnosis using coloured solutions is one of the easiest and fastest ways to diagnose dental plaque, which favours its subsequent removal under permanent control during the intervention.
Using AIR-FLOW, removal of dental plaque approaches a ratio of 100%”.