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ADA Cellerant TechX course covers advances in dental hygiene technology

October 11, 2021

By Mary Beth Versaci

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Technology: Audience members listen as prosthodontist Pamela Maragliano-Muniz, D.M.D., describes guided biofilm therapy during 21st Century Preventive Care: Are you Practicing in this Century? (1129) in the ADA Cellerant TechX area of SmileCon.
Las Vegas — During the COVID-19 pandemic, prosthodontist Pamela Maragliano-Muniz, D.M.D., took a step back to assess the private practice she owns in Massachusetts and found she was not happy, leading her to make some technology changes.

"When you have that realization, it's incredibly disappointing, but it's also incredibly empowering, especially if you do something about it," Dr. Maragliano-Muniz told the audience of 21st Century Preventive Care: Are you Practicing in this Century? (1129) in the ADA Cellerant TechX area of SmileCon.

A technology she added to her practice was guided biofilm therapy, a biofilm removal process that limits the use of ultrasonic and manual scaling. It involves applying a dye to teeth to physically stain the bacteria and then removing it with air polishing, which uses a stream of air and water to remove plaque deposits first and then polish the teeth and remove surface stains at the same time.

Dr. Maragliano-Muniz said the change has improved both the patient and clinician experience in her practice. She has found air polishing to be more efficient and effective at removing biofilm than alternative methods.

"I hope that if there are changes you need to make in your practice to make your patient care and your experience as a clinician better, don't let a pandemic have to happen to make those changes," she said. "I hope that you just take a deep breath and make those changes, and you'll find that yourself and your practice and ultimately your patients are better off."