Philips presents brushing solutions with Kristy Menage-Bernie, MS, RDH

June 28, 2023
Do you still use a rotary phone? Of course not, and neither do your patients. This is one approach Kristy recommends to start a conversation with your patients about their dental health and technology.

I had the pleasure of speaking with Kristy Menage-Bernie, MS, RDH, at the recent California Dental Association meeting in Anaheim. She's had a great deal of success talking with her patients about how their oral health relates to their overall health, and how taking care of their mouth leads to better overall health.

Kristy recommends starting with what they know. Ask questions. Use analogies they can understand, such as the rotary phone and today's dental technology. Give them a step-by-step of at-home care they can actually follow.

See what else Kristy and I discuss here.

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About the Author

Pamela Maragliano-Muniz, DMD

Dr. Maragliano-Muniz is a board-eligible prosthodontist and earned her certificate from the UCLA School of Dentistry after obtaining her D.M.D. from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine. She is also a former dental hygienist: she earned her B.S.D.H. degree from Northeastern University and the Forsyth School for Dental Hygienists, A.A.S. in Dental Hygiene and A.S. degree in Math and Science from SUNY Orange in New York.

Since being awarded the 2010 Adult Preventive Care Practice of the Year by the American Dental Association, Dr. Maragliano-Muniz is an internationally recognized lecturer and is extensively published. She has also been recognized as Incisal Edge Magazine’s Top 40 Under 40 in 2016. In 2017, she was awarded the Edward A. Diana alumni award for Leadership in Healthcare from SUNY Orange, Boston Magazine’s Top Dentists and Dental Product Report’s Top 25 women in Dentistry.

Dr. Maragliano-Muniz is on the Editorial board for’s Product Navigator Newsletter. She teaches at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine and maintains her private practice at Salem Dental Arts in Salem, MA.

Dr. Maragliano-Muniz maintains professional memberships with the following organizations: American Dental Association, Massachusetts Dental Society, American College of Prosthodontists, American Academy of Fixed Prosthodontics, American Academy of Dental Sciences, Spear Study Club.

On a personal note, Dr. Maragliano-Muniz enjoys travel, outdoor activities and spending time with her family and pets.