Fall 2013

On-Air Dental Care

Faculty member offers advice to callers on local access TV

By Jacqueline Mitchell

Television viewers had the chance to ask an expert about the ins and outs of dental practice when Pamela Maragliano-Muniz, D04, assistant clinical professor of oral diagnosis, appeared on the suburban Boston television show “Something to Talk About” in June. She fielded questions from the host and from callers about the nine specialties of dentistry, overcoming dental anxiety and the pros and cons of clear, removable braces versus traditional ones. She also had the chance to talk about her own career path. Maragliano-Muniz trained as a dental hygienist before earning her D.M.D. She trained in prosthodontics at UCLA before returning to Tufts to teach. “I truly loved Tufts, and I wanted to teach, so I teach there now,” she said.

Though she is no stranger to public speaking, Maragliano-Muniz says she was still nervous before her first television appearance. “I was stressing out,” she says. “But once we got started, I felt a million times better. I give lectures, so I know how to channel my nerves when it’s go time.”

The hourlong show, hosted by Linda McNamee, aired on Burlington Cable Access TV. To watch, go to www.youtube.com and enter Pamela Maragliano-Muniz in the search box.

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