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Kara Vavrosky, RDHEP, is a Co-founder and Chief Content Officer of Today’s RDH, a digital media company for dental hygienists, encompassing a daily publication, podcast, virtual continuing education events, and self-study continuing education. Kara is recognized as one of the largest social media influencers in dental hygiene, with a following of over 200,000 dental hygienists and other dental professionals. Kara was recognized in 2020 as one of the Top 100 Women in Media for her entrepreneurship as a Co-founder of Today’s RDH. In 2022, she was recognized by the American Dental Hygienists’ Association for their Standout Seven Award in the Entrepreneur category. A graduate of the Oregon Institute of Technology, Kara has a deep passion for spreading knowledge about the importance of oral health and its relation to systemic health. Kara’s passion extends to helping other hygienists understand the latest protocols, products, and research – all with the goal of pushing the dental hygiene profession forward. Kara currently lives in Vancouver, Washington, just outside Portland, Oregon, with her husband, Ben, and their four Chihuahuas. In her free time, you will find Kara on her quad riding the Oregon Dunes, spoiling her Chihuahuas, and cherishing every moment with her family and friends.

Differences in Dental Implant Maintenance and Training in Germany and Israel

In the United States, the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) sets accreditation standards for dental education programs, including dental hygiene. Despite these standards, not all dental hygiene programs are exactly the same because not all dental hygiene program directors or instructors are exactly alike. The knowledge a dental hygiene professional (DHP) has regarding patient care protocols, treatment modalities, current...

VIDCAST: Discussing the New Research on Effectiveness of LISTERINE® Antiseptic

Disclosure: This video is sponsored content from LISTERINE® as part of our sponsored partner program. Kara Vavrosky, RDHEP, sat down with Angie Stone, BS, RDH, to discuss the new research published in the Journal of Dental Hygiene that shows after prophylaxis, LISTERINE® Antiseptic is 4.6 times more effective than flossing by a dental hygienist for sustained supragingival biofilm reduction*. To learn more...

VIDCAST: Learning to Unlearn – Practicing with Humility (Culturally Committed Interview)

Kara Vavrosky, RDHEP, had an eye-opening conversation with Kim Trottier, Dental Therapist and Founder of Culturally Committed. Kim discussed providing care to First Nations Peoples, how the impacts of trauma and intergenerational trauma have influenced how she provides care, and why she is passionate about pursuing a culturally safe practice. This deep and sensitive subject can be taken beyond...

Tips I Wish I Knew in Dental Hygiene School

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If I were to ask you to think back to dental hygiene school, some would remember the feelings of being overwhelmed, being stressed to the max, and the tears that were shed. Others might remember the friends they made and the happiness they felt when hard work turned into successfully earning that dental hygiene degree. When I think back,...

VIDEO: Kara RDH Discusses New LISTERINE® Antiseptic Research

Disclosure: This video is sponsored content from LISTERINE® as part of our sponsored partner program. In this video, Kara Vavrosky, RDHEP, discusses the new research from LISTERINE® that you have probably started seeing all over the place. For those who aren’t familiar, new research has been published in the Journal of Dental Hygiene that shows, after a prophylaxis, LISTERINE® Antiseptic is...

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 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, the...

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. Learn more about LM Instruments at https://www.planmeca.com/lm-instruments/

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. Learn more about LM Instruments at https://www.planmeca.com/lm-instruments/

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...

Ask Kara RDH: Frustration About Backordered HVE Equipment

Question I’m super frustrated that in order to use the ultrasonic, polish, or even use the air/water syringe, I have to use an HVE to control aerosols. I’m mostly frustrated because the equipment to make using the HVE easier for me is on backorder. How do I even know if what is ordered will control aerosols? What should I do? Kara...

Ask Kara RDH: Why Isn’t Today’s RDH Addressing New Infection Control Guidelines?

Why aren’t there any articles on Today’s RDH addressing new infection control guidelines for when hygienists return to work? The short answer is because new infection control guidelines for post-pandemic hygiene don’t exist. (Please take note of the date this was published/posted) Long answer: Right now, the CDC only has interim guidelines for infection control practices for seeing emergency patients. They...

Ask Kara RDH: How to address patients who are routinely late?

Is there a polite way to tell a patient to come on time? I get that things happen and are out of their control, but I have a few patients that are always 10-20 minutes late for all appointments. What’s the best way to address this? The offices I’ve worked at that run smoothly, on-time, and with the least amount...

Reducing Tooth Sensitivity and Bacteria with CHX-containing Varnish, Cervitec Plus

Disclosure: This article is sponsored by Ivoclar Vivadent as part of our sponsored partner program. When hygienists hear the word chlorhexidine, many may automatically think of chlorhexidine gluconate rinse; with that comes the thought of stain, calculus build-up, inhibition of fibroblasts (which can impair healing), and taste alterations. While these are downfalls for chlorhexidine gluconate rinses, the same does not hold...

5 Mouth Myths Debunked

There are many misconceptions regarding oral hygiene and the mouth that some of our patients believe to be true. With a large amount of false information found online, it’s no wonder our patients can be easily led in the wrong direction when it comes to oral health. It’s always important to remember that just because you read something online, doesn’t...