EMS Airflow Guided Biofilm Therapy (GBT): advanced teeth cleaning technology

When you come to our Richmond dental clinic for teeth cleaning with our experienced dental hygienist, we’ll offer you EMS Airflow Guided Biofilm Therapy (GBT) as our standard cleaning approach.

EMS is a Swiss engineering company with a global reputation for developing high-quality dental instruments. Their Guided Biofilm Therapy (GBT) tool allows for quieter, less invasive, and more detailed teeth cleaning compared to the traditional manual scraping tools. The air-based nature of the tool results in a higher level of dental hygiene because of the more intensive clean it provides.

Having teeth cleaned with this gentle dental tool also means more time for you. The time taken for a thorough dental clean is halved compared to the time it takes for a clean using traditional methods.

How does EMS Airflow GBT work?

Put simply, the EMS Airflow Guided Biofilm Therapy (GBT) tool uses air to clean your teeth quietly and in a minimally invasive way. 

Teeth cleaning with GBT is an eight-step dental cleaning procedure to remove dental plaque, a sticky, filmy collection of bacteria, food remnants and saliva. The plaque causes the production of acid, which can dissolve tooth enamel.

Having a teeth-cleaning session with GBT is:

  • quicker than a traditional dental hygiene session which uses manual tools
  • quieter, as the Airflow GBT tool is not noisy
  • minimally invasive, as the air from the device does all the hard work
  • more efficient, as your dental hygienist won’t have to use as many instruments to achieve a detailed clean.

At our Richmond dental clinic, it doesn’t cost anything extra to get your teeth using the EMS Airflow GBT tool. You could think of GBT as a day spa for your teeth. 

EMS Guided Biofilm Therapy Airflow Max Teeth Cleaning Appliance


Oral cleaning applications the EMS Airflow can be used for include:

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Above Cementoenamel Junction

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Around Brackets

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Tongue & Palate

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Pits & Fissures

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Exposed Dentine

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Primary Teeth

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Prior to Composite Restorations

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Around Implants

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Do I need EMS Airflow GBT as part of my teeth cleaning appointment?

Patients will notice how quick a teeth cleaning session is with EMS Airflow GBT. Patients will have clean, sparkling teeth in less than half the time of a traditional session using manual tools.

Our experienced and skilled dental hygienist has an eye for detail, which allows for a more comprehensive clean with the Airflow tool. All new teeth cleaning appointments at our Richmond dental practice now include the use of GBT at no extra cost to you.

When can I have my EMS Airflow GBT teeth cleaning appointment?

You can experience the difference of a clean using the innovative EMS Airflow GBT tool at your next scheduled teeth-cleaning appointment. Contact our friendly reception staff to make an appointment with our hygienist in the comfortable environment of our Richmond dental clinic.

Guided Biofilm Therapy FAQs

What is biofilm?

Biofilm is another word for dental plaque. Biofilm is a collection of the natural bacteria in your mouth, mixed with food remnants and saliva. It’s a sticky, gooey film that produces acid. The acid can eat away at the tooth enamel and cause damage to the teeth.

How much does Guided Biofilm Therapy cost?

We don’t charge any extra at our Richmond dental practice to clean your teeth with the EMS Airflow GBT tool.

What are the 8 steps of GBT?

During teeth-cleaning treatment with the GBT tool, our dental hygienist follows a procedure comprising 8 steps:

Step 1 (Assessment & Infection Control)

We examine your teeth and gums, looking for healthy teeth, healthy gums and dental implants (if applicable). Our hygienist will also look for gingivitis (gum inflammation), periodontal (gum disease), and tooth cavities. We finalise this step with a cleansing mouthwash to eliminate excess microbes in the mouth.

Step 2 (Disclose)

Our dental hygienist applies a dye solution to the teeth and gums. When exposed to existing plaque deposits, the dye turns an indigo / purple colour. The colour change helps the hygienist to identify plaque accurately.

Step 3 (Motivate) 

At this stage, our hygienist will show you the location of the plaque deposits on your teeth.

Step 4 (Airflow) 

This is where the air-powered action happens, removing plaque and stains from teeth, crowns, bridges and dental implants. During this stage, the tool uses air to clean then polish your teeth in a quick, minimally-invasive way.

Step 5 (Perioflow: if needed) 

If our hygienist thinks it’s necessary, the tool removes any plaque located at a deeper level underneath the external edges of the gum tissue.

Step 6 (Piezon: if needed) 

Some patients may benefit from the deepest clean the EMS Airflow GBT tool performs.

Step 7 (Check & control) 

The clean is over, and our hygienist performs a final check to see that your winning smile is back. You’ll receive a fluoride treatment to protect your teeth.

Step 8 (Recall) 

Our reception staff will ensure you’ve got your next teeth-cleaning session booked before you leave our Richmond dental practice.

What are the differences between EMS Airflow GBT and traditional teeth cleaning methods?

  • It’s a quicker experience getting your teeth cleaned with the EMS Airflow GBT tool. 
  • Traditional teeth cleaning uses dental scrapers to remove plaque deposits. Scrapers can damage the enamel coating of teeth. The air from the GBT tool lessens any impact on enamel.
  • Manual tools like dental scrapers can be noisy. However, some patients become uncomfortable when exposed to noise, so the very quiet nature of the air-powered GBT tool provides a much calmer environment.
  • The EMS Airflow tool provides a more detailed, in-depth clean. The depth of this clean is perhaps most evident immediately underneath the tooth-gum area.