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Kristina Martsenyak, RDH, BASDH

Kristina Martsenyak, RDH, BASDH
Kristina Martsenyak, RDH, BASDH, began her dental career in 2010, starting out as a sterilization technician, then going on to become a dental assistant for several years. In those years, Kristina’s passion for preventive dentistry grew. She was accepted into the dental hygiene program at Lake Washington Institute of Technology and was among the first to graduate with a Bachelor’s degree in Applied Science. After temping for one year across the greater Puget Sound area, Kristina discovered a great lack of awareness of proper oral hygiene. Her passion for educating people on the importance of oral health grew both in a clinical setting and through volunteer work at local community events. Kristina also hosts a YouTube channel in order to provide the public with resources and motivational content to achieve and maintain optimal oral health. She is excited to inspire her viewers to take pride in their oral health — one video at a time! YouTube: Ask A Hygienist / Instagram: @askahygienist / Facebook: Kristina RDH

Fibrotic Gingiva: Seeing Healthy Tissue that is Actually Diseased

They come in waves: the chronic latecomers, the anti-fluoride activists, and the just-plain-strange ones. I’m talking about patients, of course. There is another group that, if you’re not careful, you may miss altogether. And folks, this is a group you don’t want to miss. Let’s call them “the ones with the sneaky tartar.” As hygienists, what is the one thing...

Disability Insurance: Prevention May Lead to a Denied Claim

Does anybody feel like insurance companies have a vague resemblance to a scamming scheme? You pay month after month for an illusory sense of security. If something should happen on the off chance the worst-case scenario does arise, there is a huge deductible. Or worse, the insurance denies your claim for a reason found in the small print on...

Dull as a Doorknob: A Plea to Keep Hygiene Instruments Sharp

I’m not quite sure how to introduce a topic that some may categorize as a dead horse, beaten over and over again. In my opinion, though, instrument sharpening clearly needs to be readdressed in light of recent events. I suppose I’ll just start with a couple of stories to help shed some light on this recurring issue. One gloomy morning,...