Interdental care - brush and oral irrigation. Floss is NOT..

Interdental care, floss is NOT everything

Interdental care methods supported by high level studies. | taught by Michelle Strange, MSDH, RDH
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Michelle Strange, MSDH, RDH
Michelle Strange, MSDH, RDH
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About the instructor

Michelle Strange, RDH, MSDH, brings 18 years of experience in dentistry to her roles as adjunct clinical faculty member at Trident Technical College, Educational and Professional Relations Manager for TePe Oral Health Care, Inc., and host of A Tale of Two Hygienists Podcast. 

Her experience as a hygienist and surgical assistant led to her full-time career with TePe after six years of considerable success and patient compliance with their product. 

Michelle’s research has been published in multiple publications and, additionally, she has appeared in the Lifetime Network’s “Access Health,” Health Briefs TV, and Educational Videos by TePe Oral Health Care, Inc. Her podcast, A Tale of Two Hygienists, aimed to inform and inspire the dental community, was ranked the #1 Dental Podcast two years in a row. 

A graduate of the Medical University of South Carolina with a Bachelors of Health Science and the Fones School of Dental Hygiene with a Masters in Dental Hygiene Education, Michelle focuses her career on the educational aspect of patient care. 

As adjunct faculty at Trident Technical College, she cultivates student and colleague knowledge of interdisciplinary collaboration between medical professionals and caretakers. 

Her passion for dentistry and its connection to overall health extends to her community and global efforts, most notably in her work as a weekly dental hygienist volunteer with Our Lady of Mercy in Johns Island, South Carolina, and dental mission trip participant with the Charleston-based OneWorld Health. 

To learn more or collaborate, visit her website at or email her at

The importance of plaque removal for the prevention of dental and systemic disease is being brought to light with each passing year. However, daily habits such as interproximal plaque removal have yet to be established by many people. 

Floss has been for years the recommended product for interproximal cleaning, yet is not used by the majority of the population on a regular basis. In fact, the research to support the benefits of flossing, i.e. reduced caries and prevention of gingivitis and periodontal disease, is weak and unreliable. 

The suggested benefits of flossing were recommended back in the 19th century when the idea was expressed that disrupting debris between your teeth could be beneficial.  Since then, we have recommended brushing and flossing as a therapeutic, at home routine to prevent dental disease; however, periodontal disease affects 50% of the adult population. Learn how you can guide patients to the proper home care tools they will need to properly manage their oral health. 

The problem (define what you are trying to solve): Removing the universally recommend interdental aid and embracing evidence-based research and patient preferences.

Solution (define how you are solving it): Tailoring interdental recommendations based on research and what the patient is willing and able to accomplish at home.

Who can benefit from the course?

  • Dental professionals who recommend oral home care aids.
  • Dental professionals who would like to help patients reduce bleeding, plaque accumulation, and inflammation.
  • Dental professionals who see patients who are NOT compliant with flossing.
  • Dental professionals who want to use the latest scientific research to make a difference.

Course Objectives

At the end of the course, YOU will be able to: 

  • Discuss the current recommendations from the 11th European Federation of Periodontology workshop
  • Describe the variables that will guide clinicians to choose the better interdental tool for patients
  • Identify multiple product types depending on the patient’s needs
  • Discuss the differences between interdental brushes and rubber bristle brushes for interdental care

Course Details

  • Location: The course is online so you can take it from anywhere!
  • Starting date: Enroll anytime!
  • CEUs hours awarded: 2 CEUs.
  • How long can I access the course for? 180 days unlimited.
  • Refund policy: Unless otherwise specified, courses purchased from DentalToaster courses are non-refundable.


The presenter is affiliated with Tepe USA. However, the course is NOT sponsored. 

Course Contents

7 Videos
1 Quiz
1 Survey
1 Text
2.0 hrs