Madison dentist ‘Gives Kids a Smile’ with free care, calm manner
MADISON – Dentist Dr. Samuel Romano, his entire staff, and some extra volunteers donated their time and service Friday, Feb. 3, on the 10th anniversary of the “Give Kids a Smile” program.
The program provides under-served children with free dental care, including examinations, fluoride treatments, sealants, x-rays and oral surgery.
“Give Kids a Smile” has become an annual tradition at Romano’s office at 120 Park Ave., where he has practiced for 26 years. Essentially he closed his business for the day to donate his services for the free event, which also required advance planning to be a success.
Timed to coincide with “Dental Health Month” in February, “Give Kids a Smile” is a national initiative to provide free dental care to children who need it. Dr. Romano, a native of Madison, called it an opportunity “to give back to the town I love.”
Romano’s office saw 35 youngsters on Feb. 3, some from Madison, and some from as far away as Hopatcong and Far Hills.
‘On The Right Road’
“Give Kids a Smile” day isn’t only about providing free dental care – in many cases it’s about teaching young children not to be afraid of the dentist – something Dr. Romano said he often sees in adults as well – and getting them on the right track to a lifetime of oral health.
With some of the children who came to his office who needed fillings or more extensive work, Romano scheduled them to return when he had more time to spend with them – still free of charge. Some were referred to an orthodontist who also will work with the children pro bono.
“To take a day and do this, to help kids get on the right road, makes me happy,” Romano said. “We’re building a lifetime of good dental health; we’re helping kids not be afraid of the dentist. That’s what it’s about for me.
“The beautiful teeth and smiles are just a nice side benefit.”
Published From the Madison Eagle