Guided biofilm therapy the future of dental hygiene

Guided biofilm therapy (GBT): The future of dental hygiene?

June 27, 2024
If you aren't familiar with GBT, it's time to learn about it. It's the future of dental hygiene because patients and clinicians alike find it more productive and comfortable.

For those who may not know, guided biofilm therapy is (GBT) is a less invasive way of doing dental hygiene. GBT reduces the amount of instrumentation used, and it focuses more on biofilm management.

Maryam Shamuel came across an office that practices GBT when she moved to Las Vegas a few years ago. During her search for an office that aligned with her priorities, she noticed some that stressed GBT. She was hired in one, and has been a fan of GBT ever since.

She and Annie Walters agree that GBT is the direction of today's dentistry. It's less invasive, it brings back disclosing, it makes oral hygiene instruction more interactive, and it encourages patients to be more proactive in their home care.

All of these reasons make GBT more comfortable for patients and places less strain on clinicians. It gives clinicians more time during each appointment to perform other necessary protocols, such as oral cancer screening and taking the patient's blood pressure, raising the level of care provided.

Maryam explains that GBT removes the root cause of inflammation, and she believes it makes hygiene more enjoyable all around.

Tune into Maryam's and Annie's discussion to learn whether GBT is right for your practice.

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About the Author

Maryam Shamuel, RDH

Maryam Shamuel, RDH, has worked in dentistry for 14 years and has been in clinical practice for the past 10. Her passion lies in disease prevention and in elevating patient care. Maryam educates patients on the oral-systemic connection enjoys mentoring fellow hygienists. She aspires to make a meaningful impact on the quality of patient care in a nonclinical role in the future. Contact Maryam at [email protected].

Updated October 23, 2023

About the Author

Annie Walters, MS, RDH

Annie Walters, MS, RDH, attended Northern Arizona University, where she spent time caring for individuals in Guatemala and Indian Health Service. She has a special interest in advancing access to care for individuals with specialized health-care needs. She’s a member of ADHA, and received her MS from the University of New Mexico, where she developed a chairside resource for RDHs to use for patients with specialized needs. She practices in Flagstaff, Arizona, and serves as part-time faculty at her alma mater. Contact her at [email protected].