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. 

How to prescribe the right interdental brush

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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

  • Tailor interdental recommendations based on research and what the patient is willing and able to accomplish at home.

Learn how you can guide patients to the proper home care tools they will need to properly manage their oral health.


Co-Founder of Michelle Strange, MSDH, RDH

With a career spanning 18 years, Michelle Strange’s enthusiasm for dentistry lies in the educational aspects of patient care. As an adjunct clinical faculty member with Trident Technical College, she educates her students and colleagues on the importance of interdisciplinary collaboration between medical professionals and caretakers. Her experience as a hygienist and surgical assistant led her to become the Educational and Professional Relations Manager for TePe Oral Health Care, Inc. after implementing their product with considerable success and patient compliance. Her most recent project, A Tale of Two Hygienists Podcast, was ranked the #1 Dental Podcast two years in a row. Through her passion for education, geriatric and implant dentistry, and modern techniques and products, Michelle seeks to inform and inspire the dental community.


  • 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.


    1. Let's review the 3 different types of embrasure spaces.

    1. The toothbrush can only help remove biofilm on 60% of teeth surfaces.

    1. Let's look at floss. Why is it not the best method?

    1. Oral irrigation can help, by way of pulsation and oxygenation.

    1. To consider: size, bristle softness, metal vs plastic core, etc. Find out what consideration goes into choosing the proper interdental brush for your patient.

About this course

  • $39.00
  • 10 lessons
  • 0.5 hours of video content

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  • Always open. Enroll anytime!

  • 2 CEUs awarded.

  • Access the course for 180 days unlimited.


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