The latest in dental hygiene technology

The latest in dental hygiene technology


Proactive Perio now offers one of the most sophisticated approaches to dental hygiene therapy, with Guided Biofilm Therapy (GBT) using the EMS AIRFLOW® Prophylaxis Master.

GBT is a pain-free teeth cleaning treatment that can help save your teeth and implants. Dr Christopher Barker is currently the only periodontist in Queensland accredited to train dental clinicians in GBT.



AIRFLOW® is a revolutionary, non-contact form of preventative and periodontal maintenance treatment. It projects a controlled stream of warm air, water, and very fine powder onto the teeth. This powder is able to dislodge food particles, plaque, and even some calculus. It also does an excellent job of removing stains caused by coffee, red wine, and smoking.

The high-pressure warm water and air stream cleans your teeth far more efficiently and comfortably than the use of traditional instruments. Since the water in the AIRFLOW® Prophylaxis Master heats to 40 degrees, it’s a positively warm experience!


How do EMS AIRFLOW® and Guided Biofilm Therapy work?

It is estimated that 1mm of dental plaque contains more than 200 million bacteria. If left undisturbed, the bacteria can spread and develop a biofilm over the teeth. Biofilm is a colony of bacteria that can cause gum disease and compromise your body’s immune defences.

Most biofilm is invisible to the naked eye, so your periodontist will first apply a disclosing agent which stains the biofilm a blue/purple colour. This disclosing agent enables us to visualise the areas that need the most attention while cleaning and personalise our therapy to your individual needs. It also allows us to show you which areas need extra care during your at-home oral hygiene routine.

After disclosing, it is straightforward to remove the plaque and biofilm build-up with AIRFLOW®. The powder is fine and gentle enough for use on tooth surfaces, orthodontic brackets, fillings, crowns and bridges. It is also able to reach normally inaccessible areas such as tiny grooves and fissures in the tooth surface, and the spaces between your teeth.



The EMS AIRFLOW® Prophylaxis Master also has an ultrasonic cleaning attachment. If necessary, this will be used after AIRFLOW® to remove any stubborn calculus that remains on the teeth.

Unlike most ultrasonics, Piezon® has a specialised ‘no-pain’ module, which provides feedback to the machine at up to 150 times per second. The result is optimal efficiency with minimal discomfort and no high-pitched noise while having your teeth cleaned!


Preventing Peri-Implantitis

GBT is one of the best ways to maintain your dental implants and prevent infection and bone loss. The combination of gentle air, powder and water enables us access to areas that most other instruments cannot reach. The specialised plastic tip also allows us to thoroughly clean your implant, with no risk of scratching the delicate metal componentry or ceramic crown.

If you have had a gum or bone loss around your implants, GBT might be an ideal treatment for you.

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