San Francisco Dentist

Guided Biofilm Therapy – GBT SpecialistSan Francisco, CA

Minimally invasive. Pain free. Less use of hand instruments. No more brushes and No more polishing with paste. As part of our patients' regular cleaning we now use Guided Biofilm Therapy, GBT . Dr. Agarwal is one one of the very few general and cosmetic dentists in San Francisco to use this process.

Request An Appointment

What is GBT?

Guided Biofilm Therapy (GBT) is a scientifically proven, systematic, predictable solution for dental biofilm management in professional dental cleaning, using state of the art AIRFLOW®, PERIOFLOW® and Ultrasonic Scaler technologies.

Guided Biofilm Therapy consists of treatment protocols based on individual patient diagnosis and risk assessment in order to achieve optimal results. The treatment is given in the least invasive way, with the highest level of comfort, safety and efficiency

Before removal the biofilm is always disclosed with a dye solution. Then biofilm and young calculus are easily removed with AIRFLOW® and PERIOFLOW® – above and below the gum. If needed this is followed by debridement with Ultrasonic Scaler PS No Pain piezoceramic instruments.

Guided Biofilm Therapy is truly minimally invasive and reduces the need of hand and sonic/ ultra-sonic instrumentation. It is safe, effective and gentle to teeth and soft tissues, implants and restorations.

GBT is part of a comprehensive preventive concept – to preserve your patients’ oral health – and to make the patients feel good.

Benefits of GBT Include:

Superior cleaning - Highly effective at removing difficult stains from coffee, tea, wine and tobacco

Minimally invasive, gentler and more comfortable than a traditional cleaning

Dental cleanings using GBT are faster and therefore means spending less time in the dental chair

Why is GBT a ‘Game Changer’?

GBT is Modern, Painless and Minimally Invasive

This contemporary approach begins with above and below gum biofilm removal using air-polishing technology with AIRFLOW® PLUS® Powder. This erythritol-based powder guarantees targeted, gentle, risk-orientated removal of the biofilm.

This is followed by the minimally invasive removal of mineralised build-up with Ultrasonic Scaler NO PAIN. This approach has many additional benefits, including short treatment times and maximum comfort for both the technician and the patient. GBT is minimally invasive. Polishing paste and rubber cups are no longer necessary.

With GBT, we can finally carry out professional biofilm management effectively, gently, safely, quickly, comfortably and without pain.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What is a dental cleaning?

A. A dental cleaning is a routine dental appointment where a dental professional will assess oral health and clean the teeth. During this cleaning, they will remove the buildup of bacteria, or plaque, and polish the teeth to protect them until the next cleaning. This appointment is typically quick and simple for those who maintain regular appointments and follow an at-home oral care routine.

Q. What is dental scaling?

A. Dental scaling is part of a routine dental cleaning. As the dental professional cleans the teeth, they will use a specialized dental tool that looks like a small metal hook to remove plaque and buildup from the surface of the teeth. This process is referred to as scaling.

Q. What is a deep dental cleaning?

A. Deep dental cleaning is very similar to a routine dental cleaning. This cleaning is typically recommended for anyone that has not had a routine dental appointment in a long time or anyone who has excessive buildup on the teeth or beneath the gums. This deep cleaning is also called scaling and root planing, and it goes beneath the gum line to remove harmful bacteria to clean and protect the teeth.

Q. What should someone do in a dental emergency?

A. If anyone experiences a dental emergency, they should immediately contact our dental team. Dental emergencies include things such as knocking out a tooth or experiencing dental trauma. The more quickly our team can assess and address the emergency, the better. Always remember that medical emergencies should be handled by a medical professional. If someone is experiencing a medical emergency, they should call 911.

Q. What should people do in between dental cleanings?

A. To maintain good oral health between professional cleanings, patients are advised to brush, floss, and rinse with mouthwash daily. Our team may advise you to take additional steps depending on your oral health situation. Also, your dentist may recommend avoiding smoking or any other activity known to be harmful to oral health.

Quality Dental Services Can Transform Your Smile

By visiting us as soon as possible, our team can help get you the professional treatment you need. Instead of waiting around and allowing the symptoms to get worse, we can provide you with treatment options.

QR code image for Dental Cleaning and Examinations in San Francisco, CA

Scan here to view this page, Dental Cleaning and Examinations, on mobile

Dental Terminology

Cosmetic Dentistry
Cosmetic dentistry is generally used to refer to any dental work that improves the appearance (though not necessarily the function) of a person’s teeth, gums and/or bite.
Tooth decay is when the enamel of the tooth begins to decay and cause erosion from plaque and tartar on the teeth.
Dental Caries
Dental caries are also known as cavities and result from a lack of proper oral hygiene leaving plaque that forms tiny holes in the teeth.
Dental Checkup
A dental checkup is an appointment that involves cleaning the teeth, identifying any signs of infection and removing said signs of infection at least once every six months in the office.
Dental Filling
A dental filling involves restoring the structure of the tooth by using metal, alloy, porcelain or plastic to fill the tooth.
Dental Prophylaxis
A dental prophylaxis is a professional and detailed cleaning that involves the removal of plaque, calculus and stains from the teeth.
Dental Sealants
Dental sealants contain a resinous material that we apply to the chewing surfaces of the posterior teeth to prevent dental caries.
A dentist, also known as a dental surgeon, is a doctor who specializes in the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of diseases and conditions of the oral cavity.
Gingivitis is the inflammation of gum tissue that results from plaque, other infections in the mouth and poor oral hygiene.
Preventive Dentistry
Preventive dentistry is the dentistry that focuses on maintaining oral health in order to prevent the spread of plaque, the formation of tartar and infections in the mouth.
Tartar forms when plaque builds up on the surface of the teeth and calcifies into a hard surface that is much more difficult to remove and will require professional treatment.
Tooth Enamel
Tooth enamel is the protective visible outer surface of a tooth that contains the dentin and dental pulp.

Prevent Dental Emergencies

These cleanings can help prevent expensive dental emergencies and other common oral health concerns, such as cavities. Follow the recommended at-home routine and schedule cleanings every six months. Scheduling your routine dental cleaning is as easy as calling our team in San Francisco, so call us at (415) 952-1149 today.

Helpful Related Links

About our business, license, and website security

  • Swati Agarwal, DDS was established in 2018.
  • We accept the following payment methods: American Express, Cash, Check, Discover, MasterCard, and Visa
  • We serve patients from the following counties: San Francisco County, Marin County, Alameda County, Contra Costa County, Santa Clara County, San Mateo, Napa County, Solano County, and Sonoma County
  • We serve patients from the following cities: San Francisco, Brisbane, Daly City, Emeryville, Berkeley, Piedmont, Pacifica, Richmond, San Rafael, and Tiburon
  • CA (License #62645). View License Information and Specifics
  • National Provider Identifier Database (1528491388). View NPI Registry Information
  • Norton Safe Web. View Details
  • Trend Micro Site Safety Center. View Details
QR code image to open directions to Swati Agarwal, DDS in San Francisco, CA on mobile

Scan here to open directions to Swati Agarwal, DDS on mobile