GBT perfectly combines air polishing devices and low-abrasion powders. Developed in collaboration with universities and dental practices, GBT is a concept designed for contemporary prophylaxis. Based on decades of scientific knowledge and evidence, GBT is the next step in prophylaxis. The eight steps that comprise GBT can be adapted to suit the treatment and patient, including patients in initial therapy to patients in maintenance therapy, healthy patients, patients with dental caries (especially in the initial stadium), patients with gingivitis, patients with periodontitis, patients with perimucositis and patients with peri-implantitis.
The GBT concept ensures a systematic, quality-orientated approach, from greeting the patient to collecting diagnostic data, everyday oral hygiene advice, professional teeth cleaning, the dentist’s ﬁnal diagnosis and check-ups and chemically-supported plaque removal, as well as recalls. Alongside the dyeing of the supragingival biofilm, the process of professional teeth cleaning has changed considerably. The modern approach begins with sub- and supragingival biofilm removal using air-polishing technology with Air-Flow Plus Powder®. This erythritol-based powder guarantees a targeted, gentle, risk-orientated removal of the biofilm to support the initial diagnosis. This is followed by the targeted and minimally invasive removal of mineralised build-up with Piezon No Pain®. This approach has many additional benefits, including short treatment times and maximum comfort for both the technician and the patient.
Finally, we can carry out professional biofilm management effectively, gently, safely, quickly and without pain.
Going forward, it is especially important to use the correct devices and tools, such as GBT. Currently, there are a few new products on the powder market. However, in addition to the powders’ properties and scientific evidence that these powders are biocompatible and do not cause damage, it has become more and more important for powders to be compatible with dental devices. This is a strength exhibited by Switzerland-based EMS, who have not only significantly contributed to the development of GBT, but have also provided suitable devices and tools (AIRFLOW® PROPYHXLAXIS MASTER, AIR-FLOW® POWDER PLUS, AIR-FLOW® handpiece, PERIO-FLOW® handpiece, PERIO-FLOW® nozzle, Piezon No Pain®).
The scientific knowledge and technological progress for a paradigm change in professional prophylaxis has now been established. Now comes the time to integrate these developments into our everyday practice for the wellbeing of our patients and ourselves.