Assess, scale, polish. Assess, scale, polish. Dental hygienists have treated patients in this order for decades and while this approach is sufficient to remove local deposits on teeth, it does not address biofilm. Oral biofilm has been implicated in numerous systemic conditions and dental professionals have a unique opportunity to effectively and efficiently remove biofilm.
Complete biofilm removal promotes a positive impact on oral health and mitigates the oral contribution on the exacerbation of systemic health conditions. Technological advances, including hands-free periodontal charting and Guided Biofilm Therapy (GBT), have revolutionized preventive care and the dental hygiene appointment sequence.
Upon completion of this course, attendees will be able to:
- Describe the concept of GBT.
- Appreciate the benefits of implementing GBT and hands-free periodontal charting into clinical practice.
- Understand important strategies when implementing GBT and hands-free periodontal charting.
- Anticipate clinical benefits and patient perception of modifying the familiar dental hygiene appointment.