Dr. Sam Romano

Madison museum to honor Dr. Romano on Sept. 7

Madison, NJ Dentist Sam RomanoMADISON – The Board of Trustees of the Museum of Early Trades and Crafts will honor Madison dentist Dr. Sam Romano as its 2014 “Craftsman of the Year” at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 7, at the museum at 9 Main St. at Green Village Road in Madison.

The event was rescheduled from an earlier date “due to unforeseen circumstances,” noted museum trustee Thomas Judd.

Romano will receive the honor at a late-lunch reception, and present a lecture tracing the evolution of dentistry from its earliest beginnings to the high-tech practice of his office today.

“We hope that many of Dr. Romano’s friends and admirers will be able to join us for this belated celebration,” Judd said. “All previously-sold tickets will be honored, and the opportunity to participate has been extended at the museum and on our website.” The museum’s website is www.metc.org.

A Madison native, Romano is a graduate of Fairleigh Dickinson University and the New Jersey Dental School of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Newark, and established his practice on Park Avenue in Madison in 1986. Read More…

In the Spirit of Giving, Dr. Sam Romano, Local Madison, NJ dentist gives underprivileged kids something to smile about!

Give kids a smile(Madison, NJ) – Local dentist, Dr. Sam Romano, will provide free preventive
and restorative dental care and, if necessary, make referrals for continuing treatment for
children ages 12 and under as part of National Children’s Dental Health Month (CDHM).
The one-day program, called Give Kids a Smile! (GKAS), will take place on Friday,
February 7, 2014, and is part of the American Dental Association’s (ADA) annual push
to bring attention to the number one childhood disease, tooth decay.
“Giving back to the community that has supported my practice is so important,” says
Dr. Romano. “This program will touch the lives of so many of New
Jersey’s children who need oral healthcare, but cannot afford it. I am proud to be a part of
it,” he said. Children who come to Dr. Romano’s office on Friday will receive a comprehensive dental exam, oral healthcare instruction, fluoride treatments, and free dental hygiene materials including toothbrushes, floss and toothpaste. Appointments are necessary from 8-1. The office will feature “Simon Mandal” the world greatest magician, who will be performing for the children. It promises to be a fun-filled day for all children who take part. Last February, in New Jersey alone, 2,000 children visited 140 sites across the state, including private dental offices like Dr. Sam Romano’s. In New Jersey GKAS is supported by Colgate, Henry Schein Dental and Delta Dental of NJ.
Dr. Romano has been practicing dentistry for more than 28 years here in
Madison. His practice, Dr. Samuel Romano, is located at 120 Park Avenue. www.drsamromano.com

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Loose Tooth

Your Tooth is Loose

Child with loose tooth and missing teeth
My hygienist, Kay wrote this blog that I thought I would share with you


Over the past 17 years that I have worked with Dr. Samuel Romano, as a Dental Hygienist, we have told patients who range in age from 2 years old to 90+ years old that they have a loose tooth. I have found that the reaction varies according to what age you are when you hear this news.

For example, Children are so excited to hear they have a loose tooth. Losing a tooth between the age of six and thirteen is a natural process. The wiggling begins with thoughts of the tooth fairy and joining their peers who have lost teeth all ready. It is a fun and exciting time.

However, adults feel a mix of emotions, such as, anxiety, shock, and sadness upon hearing the news of a loose tooth. As adults we expect to keep our teeth a lifetime. Our teeth are useful for speech, nourishment and who can resist a smile.

There are various reasons an adult can have a loose tooth.

First of all, the way your teeth fit together when you bite may cause a tooth to become mobile.

Let’s face it there is more stress living and working in New Jersey than North Carolina. This stress can cause us to grind and clench our teeth which can make them loose.

Secondly, if you have a traumatic injury to the tooth from a fall, a sports injury or that child who gives you an accidental headbutt the consequence could be a loose tooth.

Thirdly, if you have gum disease the bone around the tooth weakens causing less support around the tooth. Again a loose tooth can be the outcome from loss of support.

Lastly, a cavity left untreated may result in an infection around the tooth that could weaken the tooth.

There are many reasons why we have loose teeth as adults. However, it is important to remember that there are treatments available that can tighten up those loose teeth.

Check with a Dentist to see what options are best for your situation.

Your smile can last a lifetime!

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Today’s Dental Implants

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Dental implants are replacement tooth roots. Implants provide a strong foundation for fixed (permanent) or removable replacement teeth that are made to match your natural teeth.

Advantages of Dental Implants?

Appearance. Dental implants look and feel like your own teeth. They are designed to fuse with bone, they become permanent.

Speech. With poor-fitting dentures, the teeth can slip within the mouth causing you to mumble or slur your words. Dental implants allow you to speak without the worry.

Comfort. They become part of you, implants eliminate the discomfort of removable dentures.

Easier eating. Sliding dentures can make chewing difficult. Dental implants function like your own teeth, allowing you to eat your favorite foods with confidence and without discomfort

Self-esteem. Dental implants can give you back your smile and help you feel better about yourself.

Oral health. Dental implants don’t require reducing other teeth, as a tooth-supported bridge does. Because nearby teeth are not altered to support the implant, more of your own teeth are left intact, improving long-term oral health. Individual implants also allow easier access between teeth, improving oral hygiene.

Durability. Implants are very durable and will last many years. With good care, many implants last a lifetime.

Convenience. Removable dentures are just that; removable. Dental implants eliminate the embarrassing inconvenience of removing dentures, as well as the need for messy adhesives to keep them in place.

Today’s advanced technology makes implant placement precise and painless. Combining cone beam imaging with the Sirona’s Galileos implant software you can create a 3-D image that allows the user to place implants virtually. This allows for very precise placement in the jaw bone. It also reduces the time it takes to place the actual implant in your own bone. The Galileos software improves the safety of the surgery because it allows clinicians to visualize the patient’s nerve canal and bones in 3-D all before you touch the patient.

Dental implants are not covered by dental insurance at this time. Coverage may be possible under your medical plan depending on the insurance plan and/or cause of tooth loss. Questions about your individual needs and how they relate to insurance should be discussed with your dentist and insurance provider.

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Babies, Toddlers, Tweens, and Teens

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Even tiny tots need regular checkups, just like mom and dad. The American Dental Association recommends kids start getting checkups at about age 1, or when their first tooth appears.

Yet even before then it’s important to care for your child’s teeth and gums. Though they’ll eventually lose them, baby teeth help a child speak and chew well, and also create a path for the permanent teeth that follow.

To care for baby and toddler dental health:

  • Brush your child’s teeth with a little water as soon as their first tooth appears. If your baby has no teeth yet, clean the gums at least two times a day, after breakfast and after the last feeding of the day. Clean your baby’s gums after every feeding.
  • Never put your child to sleep with a baby bottle of milk, juice, formula, or other sweetened liquid. If they need to sleep with a bottle, fill it with water.
  • For kids older than 2, supervise as they brush their teeth. Put a pea-sized dot of toothpaste on a soft-bristled brush and be sure to teach them to spit the toothpaste out, swallowing too much fluoride toothpaste permanently stain teeth.
  • If you’re giving your child medicine, brush the teeth afterward. The sugar found in some medicines can be converted into enamel-damaging acid.
  • To soothe pain from teething, letting your child chew on a clean teething ring, cool spoon, or a cold wet washcloth. You can also try rubbing your child’s gums with a clean finger.
  • Which dentist you choose for your child is up to you, but it’s useful to know that pediatric dentists receive two to three years of additional dental training to help them address the dental health needs of kids, from infant to adolescent.

Tweens and Teens Dental Care

Though many preteen and teenagers receive care from their pediatric, essentially their basic dental health needs are similar to adults. They (and you!) should:

  • Maintain a healthy diet rich in fruits and veggies, and low in sweetened foods and drinks.
  • Drink plenty of water! (power drinks and juices have lots of sugar)
  • Limit between-meal snacks especially those high in sugar.
  • Brush twice a day with fluoride toothpaste that has the American Dental Association’s Seal of Acceptance.
  • Floss at least once daily.
  • Get regular dental checkups and cleanings. Recommended every 6 months

And be sure your kids know that if those pearly whites are to last a lifetime they’re not to be used as ice crushers, fork tine straighteners, and potato chip bag openers.

Madison Merchants Share Lessons from Their Mothers

Bonnie L. Cramer; Monday, May 13, 2013 • 6:16am

Dr. Romano's motherMADISON, NJ – All across the country, people are preparing to celebrate Mom on Sunday. In the spirit of Mother’s Day, TAP of Madison asked some local business owners what lessons they’ve learned from their mothers.

At the dental office of Dr. Sam Romano, his mom was helping around at his office and she said, “The most important lesson I taught is to be honest, to do your best in school and be self-sufficient. I taught both my sons how to cook,” said Mrs. Carrie DeMarzo Romano. Doc Romano indicated that what he learned from his mother at an early age was this, “The greatest gift you can give is the gift of helping others. Be caring, have integrity and dedicate yourself to excellence.”

In uptown Madison, Louisa DeRose, owner of Hair We Are, said, my mother always told me to “respect yourself. It’s the only way you can respect others.”

Mary Roberta Murphy, 88 years old, a resident of Sunrise Assisted Living, had just finished having her hair done at DeRose’s shop. She was walking arm and arm with her daughter, Sue Ballance, toward their car, and her daughter said, “C’mon, Mom, what did you always tell us when we were kids?”, and Mrs. Murphy replied, “Behave.”

Arleen Gaetani, Owner, of New Leaf Consignment said, “My mom passed on a life-long appreciation for fine things and beautiful surroundings.”

The new manager at Coccia Realty is Kathy Ricketts. She said “My mother always dressed up, even now at 70 years of age. It doesn’t matter what you have, but you should always look your best. Be neat, be clean and never leave the house without your makeup on.”

Joanne Dauber, the owner at Once and Again Consignment said, “My mother always told me to never get mad, that only dogs get mad. Wake up every day with a song.”

“Never settle, my mom would say. I’ve been working since I’m 14, and now I’m a store manager. I think she was right about that,” said Olesia Senezak, Manager of the newest store in town, Second Time Around.

From Cramers Carpet One, owner Brad Cramer said, “My mother has been a widow for over 30 years, and she is a strong woman. She’s 90 and still mows her own lawn. My mom taught us self-reliance, and if you want something, you need to be the one to work for it.”

Just down the street, Nina Karamallis , one of the owners from The British Emporium said “the most significant lesson my mother taught is to always believe that God has a will for us even if we often don’t understand.”

Nicole Francoeur from Rose City Framemakers said, “My mom would tell me to follow my passion. That’s why I majored in Art, not Education.”

These were the lessons learned from mothers of some Madison Merchants.

From The Alternative Press

Friends of the Madison Chamber of Commerce Give Back in Support of Jack Morris Scholarship Fund

Dr. Romano at a Madison Chamber of Commerce eventBonnie L. Cramer; Friday, May 3, 2013 • 12:16am

MADISON, NJ – On Thursday night., friends of the Madison Chamber of Commerce met at Poor Herbie’s at 17 Waverly Place to pay special tribute to a lifelong Madisonian and support the Jack Morris Memorial Scholarship Fund.

In a bartender showdown, Dr. Sam Romano, Mike Odell of Odell, and Critchley and Karen D’Addario of Maison Decor waited on friends serving favorite libations and teasing the crowd with trivia questions about the Madison community. Guests earned $20 Madison gift certificates for correct answers.

Bartender Karen D’Addario waited on customers and showed her sense of spirit by wearing a temporary tattoo that said “Love Madison, Shop Madison.”

Bartender Mike Odell asked ” What is the name of the oldest home in Madison, and where is it located?”

“It’s the Miller House on Ridgedale,” said Fran Mantone, a longtime Madison resident and also a close friend of the late Jack Morris.

“Jack and I served on the Council together. He was very kind. He was so honest and very easy to work with. He was a good man who did a great deal for the Madison community,” she said.

Mike Odell said, “Another trivia question – What year did Dr. Sam Romano graduate? With a lot of excitement, Suzanne Bassolino answered, ” I know this.1977!” Bassolino was hired by Dr. Sam Romano as a part time dental assistant in 1987 and remembered that fact.

As Dr. Sam Romano poured drinks and waited on customers, he posed another trivia question. “What were two previous names of this restaurant before it became Poor Herbie’s? Surprisingly and so fitting that the late Jack Morris’ daughter, Ginger, answered with “O’Brien’s and Henry’s.”

Ginger not only won the $20 gift certificate, but someone let it be known that it was her birthday and a large cluster of friends broke out in song with a round of “Happy Birthday to You!”

Mayor Bob Conley and former Mayor Mary Anna Holden were also there to support the cause.

Karen Meyer, president of the Chamber of Commerce, said, “We really appreciate Judy Mullin’s generosity in providing us with the space at Poor Herbie’s so we could do this. A portion of the total tab and all the money in the tip jars tonight will go to the fund. It’s really great to see so many people here with a sense of giving back.”

From The Alternative Press

Sleep is a Beautiful Thing


Sleep apnea compromises the lives of millions of Americans. Life can be miserable without adequate rest. You might think it is impossible to nod off with commotion, noise of fans screaming, intercom blaring, but many people actually do.

If this sounds familiar a visit to the doctor is probably a good idea. Typically you will be asked to complete the Epworth Sleepiness Scale; this quick test may indicate a sleep disorder. Depending on your score a doctor may ask you to take part in an overnight sleep study at the local sleep center to make a definitive diagnosis.

Once the sleep study is complete, diagnosis can be determined whether there is obstructive sleep apnea occurring. Most often treatment with a C-PAP machine is recommended. It works great if you can get used to the mask on your face, and the noise. If you can’t wear it there are alternatives.

For many, sleep apnea is treatable with an oral appliance. A mandibular repositioning device (MRD) is one of the many treatment options available for sleep apnea patients. It is a custom-made, adjustable oral appliance available from a dentist that holds the lower jaw in a forward position during sleep. This mechanical protrusion expands the space behind the tongue, puts tension on the pharyngeal walls to reduce collapse of the airway and diminishes palate vibration.

The dentist will have you wear this device and should  re-test you to make sure the device is working.

If you suffer from sleep apnea or are not sure, see your doctor and dentist to find out more.

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Madison dentist travels to poverty-stricken Guatemala to give children free smiles

By SALLY CAPONE, Staff Writer in the Madison Eagle

Madison dentist Dr. Sam Romano spent the last week in January providing free dental care to the poor in Guatemala

Madison dentist Dr. Sam Romano spent the last week in January providing free dental care to the poor in Guatemala, especially children, as a member of a team of dentists and hygienists from across the U.S. and Canada who lugged their own equipment to a daily clinic. Above: Dr. Wendy Winarick, left, of Waco, Texas, and Dr. Romano, third from left, reassure a brother and sister after treating their dental problems, often requiring extractions.

MADISON – It has been four years since Madison dentist Dr. Sam Romano made his first trip to offer free dental care to the people of Guatemala, and the need is as great as ever.

Romano spent the last week in January in the Central American country, one of the poorest in Latin America, where more than half the population lives in poverty.

“The key is that you can’t appreciate what you have until you see people who have very little,” Romano said at his Park Avenue office after his return.

“But the kids are happy – it doesn’t take money to be happy,” he said.

Romano traveled with a group of 25, including dentists and dental hygienists from around the United States and Canada.

Poor Lack Water

“It’s more expensive to buy water than it is to buy soda in Guatemala – and if you don’t have water, you don’t brush your teeth,” Romano noted.

The dental group spent its days in a big gym-like area standing on concrete floors under metal roofs in 95-degree heat with 70 percent humidity, he said.

Each day began at 9 a.m. and ended at 5 p.m., and in the first day, the dental group saw 200 people, mostly children, Romano recalled.

Even though Romano doesn’t speak Spanish, it wasn’t a problem.

“You can communicate with very few words; between a look and the tone of your voice you can convey to people that they are safe,” he said.

Since the dental group brought all of its own equipment, most of the work was limited to extractions, Romano said.

They were needed, as a poor diet, lack of dental care and too much “junk candy” had combined to inflict children with the pain of rotted teeth.

Many also received toothbrushes, the first they’d ever owned.

“There were volunteers from the town to help us and the mayor blessed us – they are trying to help the people,” he said.

A young patient returns to the clinic the day after Dr. Romano removed an abscessed tooth to give the dentist a “knuckle shot” of thanks.
Hug From Little Boy

Romano said he wouldn’t hesitate to volunteer again, especially since the country is only five hours away.

Despite the noise and crush of people, Romano knew that the dental work the group performed was appreciated – especially when he was hugged by a little boy.

“Everybody is under so much pressure today and stressed,” he observed of life back home in the States.

“It’s easy to forget about who really needs help.

“You’ll never feel as good as when you do something for somebody else.

“The greatest gift is when you have what somebody else needs, and you can give it to them,” Romano said.

Dr. Sam Romano selected for NJ’s Favorite Kids’ Docs

Dr. Sam Romano selected for NJ's Favorite Kids' DocsNew Jersey Family, the essential source for NJ moms, has published its 4th annual list of NJ’s Favorite Kids’ Docs and is happy to announce that Madison’s Sam Romano has been selected through its parent nomination process for the annual recognition.

New Jersey Family’s 2012 listing was published in the December 2012 issue of New Jersey Family magazine and on its website njfamily.com. It includes over 475 of New Jersey’s favorite pediatric doctors, dentists, speech/language therapists, and many other professionals, who work hard to keep kids healthy. Being included on the list is like having a trusted word-of-mouth referral from good friends.

About Sam Romano: a short profile by and about the honoree:

I believe the foundation to a lifetime of good health starts when you are young and continues throughout your life. Your oral health is an important part of your overall well-being. Our team is dedicated to helping you achieve the highest level of wellness. We create a safe and comfortable environment where children can learn about the importance of dental care. I have dedicated the past 27 years to caring, integrity, and commitment to my patients.

NJ Family Magazine Favorite Kids Doc
New Jersey Family magazine had this to say about Sam Romano ‘s inclusion in their annual recognition: “New Jersey is home to a huge number of excellent pediatric healthcare professionals. Being nominated for NJ’s Favorite Kids’ Docs means this professional stands out as truly exceptional in the eyes of a very important constituency: the parents. We thank all the parents who submitted over two thousand nominations and heart warming stories, and we owe our congratulations to John Smith . Thank you for your dedication to kids’ health.”

Read the full press release here