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. 

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN

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.

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WHO IS THIS FOR?

  • 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.

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR

  • Michelle Strange, MSDH, RDH

    Co-Founder of ataleoftwohygienists.com

    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.

COURSE CONTENT

  • 1
    WELCOME - READ ME
    • Welcome to Floss is NOT everything. Consider interdental brush and irrigation course!
    • Free download.
  • 3
    Embrasure spaces
    • Let's review the 3 different types of embrasure spaces.
  • 4
    Why do we consider care are interdental home care?
    • The toothbrush can only help remove biofilm on 60% of teeth surfaces.
  • 5
    Flossing is NOT the most effective method. Interdental brush is.
    • Let's look at floss. Why is it not the best method?
  • 6
    Oral irrigation is a very important tool for interdental care.
    • Oral irrigation can help, by way of pulsation and oxygenation.
  • 7
    How to choose the right interdental brush?
    • To consider: size, bristle softness, metal vs plastic core, etc. Find out what consideration goes into choosing the proper interdental brush for your patient.
  • 8
    Rubber tip interdental brushes
    • Is rubber interdental bristles as effective as a regular interdental brush? When should you recommend them?
  • 9
    EVALUATION FORM
    • Before proceeding to the C.E. Quiz, please take a minute to evaluate this course.
  • 10
    Quiz for CE credits
    • Quiz for your CE credits

What Else Do I Need To Know About This Course?

  • It's online. Access from your phone or computer.

  • Always open. Enroll anytime!

  • 2 CEUs awarded.

  • Access the course for 180 days unlimited.

Disclaimer

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