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Kara Vavrosky, RDHEP, is a Co-founder and the Chief Content Officer of Today’s RDH. Kara is a writer of popular articles that share practical advice and tips for hygienists, all in an informative and entertaining way. Beyond light-hearted content, Kara writes researched articles on topics in dental hygiene that educate hygienists on best practices and current protocols. A graduate of the Oregon Institute of Technology, Kara has a deep passion for spreading knowledge about the importance of oral health and how it relates to the entire body. Kara’s passion extends to helping other hygienists understand the latest protocols, products, and research — all with the goal to push the profession forward. Kara lives in Vancouver, Washington, with her fiancé Ben, and their rescued Chihuahua fur-babies, Bug & Ravioli. Beyond her love of dental hygiene, Kara enjoys spending time with her family, riding the Oregon dunes on her quads, and exploring the beautiful Pacific Northwest and all it has to offer.

VIDEO: The Research Behind the New Philips Sonicare Power Flosser

Disclosure: This video is sponsored content from Philips Oral Healthcare as part of our sponsored partner program. Kara Vavrosky, RDHEP, sits down with Cindy Sensabaugh, RDH, MS, to discuss the research behind the new Philips Sonicare Power Flosser. Watch this video to discover the science behind the Power Flosser and the research conducted to prove efficacy. To learn more about the Philips...

VIDEO: Introducing the Philips Sonicare Power Flosser

 Disclosure: This video is sponsored content from Philips Oral Healthcare as part of our sponsored partner program. Check out the Philips Sonicare Power Flosser, a new water flosser that offers patients a more thorough and effective way to remove plaque and food debris interdentally while helping improve and maintain gingival health. To learn more about the Philips Sonicare Power Flosser, including research conducted on...

Ask Kara RDH: The first job out of hygiene school is so stressful I feel like a failure

Just some background info first. I applied to jobs every day for a week until I got a call from a dentist to set up an interview. The interview went ok, and I was asked for a working interview. The pay was going to be less than I had asked for but I understand being a new grad and...

Ask Kara RDH: Do I really need to sterilize slow-speed handpieces after every patient?

I read one of your articles regarding infection control. Do slow-speed handpieces really need to be sterilized after every patient when using a disposable prophy angles? We are currently sterilizing at the end of each workday. Yes, slow-speed handpieces must be heat-sterilized in between every patient. Even though you use disposable prophy angles, and slow-speed handpieces are considered semi-critical devices,...

Ask Kara RDH: Soaking gauze in disinfectant?

Is it OK to soak gauze in disinfectant or does disinfectant break down gauze to where the disinfectant is left ineffective? Both the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Organization for Asepsis and Prevention (OSAP) don’t recommend pre-soaking gauze in disinfectant. Cotton fibers in gauze can absorb and actually inactivate ingredients in disinfectants leaving them less effective or...

VIDEO: Why Dental Temps Should Consider Investing in their Own Instruments

Disclosure: This video is sponsored content from Planmeca USA as part of our sponsored partner program. Watch this video where I discuss why dental temps should consider investing in their own instruments. See the latest specials Planmeca USA has on LM Instruments at https://shop.planmecausa.com/

Entrepreneur Hygienist Ingrid Adeogun Launches PANGA with Eco-Friendly Homecare Products

Learn more about Ingrid's eco-friendly, dental products company, PANGA, at https://www.wearepanga.com/ Has the amount of garbage, especially plastics, used in dentistry ever crossed your mind? Though one-time use items such as plastic barriers, air/water syringe tips, prophy angles, sterilization pouches, and everything in between are imperative for infection control and keeping our patients as safe as possible, dentistry certainly creates...

VIDEO: Safety of LM Sharp Diamond™ Instruments & When to Replace

Disclosure: This video is sponsored content from Planmeca USA as part of our sponsored partner program. Watch this video where I discuss the safety of LM Sharp Diamond™ instruments, how they are designed to minimize strain for hygienists, and when it is time to replace them.

Ask Kara RDH: Holding X-ray Sensor While Exposing Radiographs

I work in a pediatric office, and the doctor won’t buy a size 0 sensor. Because of this, to “get the shot” we are having to hold the sensor while exposing radiographs multiple times per day because of our patients’ small mouths. How do you address exposure concerns with the doctor? This is a tough one because guidelines for operator...

Fluoride Varnish vs. Foam: What Research Shows

A patient comes in and with a chief complaint of extremely sensitive teeth. It’s painful to drink a cold beverage or eat their favorite ice cream. They even struggle with the simple act of brushing their teeth. You know the answer to their problems and so does every dental hygienist across the nation: Fluoride. Whether you have patients that...