Dr. Sam Romano

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

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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

 

Dr. Romano receives “The Extra Mile Award”

Dr Sam Romano accepting this award for himself and his wonderful staff and family.
Madison Chamber of Commerce Honors Dr. Sam Romano

Last night the Madison Chamber of Commerce held their annual award picnic at the Hamilton Park Hotel & Conference Center to present “The Extra Mile Award” for 2012. The Extra Mile Award is presented to employees and businesses that provide extraordinary customer service to their patrons. We are extremely proud to announce that Dr. Sam Romano was the recipient of this award. Dr. Romano was generously nominated by numerous patients who feel he goes above and beyond for his patients. These are just a few of the kind remarks made by our dedicated patients: “Dr. Romano would walk ‘Two Extra Miles’ to make sure that all the details are well covered before you leave his elegant and well equipped office. He will even have someone from his office calling you the next day to make sure you are okay. I consider this ‘The Third Mile’. Do you know anybody else who would happily walk more than ‘Three Extra Miles’? Neither Do I.”

“Dr. Romano has been treating me and my wife, our son and his wife, and now our grandchildren, and I can honestly say he is worthy of this nomination. Beyond the fine dental care we always receive, we find Dr. Romano to be a most caring and compassionate person. He routinely and unselfishly provides dental care to those less fortunate without compensation and totally at his own expense.” “Sam Romano combines a wealth of experience, a curiosity for adopting the latest techniques and the skills of a craftsman, in caring for his patients. He has saved a couple of my teeth that would have been lost otherwise and thus enhanced the quality of my life. He is a life long resident of Madison and this has helped him build a lifelong bond with his patients. Knowing their history both from a dental and more holistic standpoint helps him to provide the extra service and comfort that many really need and cannot find today.”

“I vote for Dr. Samuel Romano for the Extra Mile Award. He’s been my family’s dentist for years. He’s always cheerful and respectful and his office is run efficiently. His dental work is excellent. He grew up in the community and I know that he is dedicated to Madison. He’s the most deserving business person that I know for the award.” Thank you to all who took the time out of their day to support Dr. Romano and his team.

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Madison Dentist Now Screening & Treating Patients For Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Madison, NJ — New Jersey dentist Dr. Samuel Romano, who’s office is located at 120 Park Avenue, is treating patients with obstructive sleep apnea. Patients now have the opportunity to be screened for this disease in the luxury of their own home.

Obstructive Sleep Apnea, or “OSA” for short, is a chronic sleep disorder that is characterized by abnormal pauses during breathing. Those affected with OSA can stop breathing hundreds of times throughout the night, depending on the severity of their condition. Symptoms of OSA include: snoring, excessive daytime fatigue, morning headaches, forgetfulness, insomnia, moodiness and irritability, difficulty concentrating and gastrointestinal reflux. As the untreated sleep apnea progresses, it may lead to more serious medical conditions including: cardiovascular disease, stroke, diabetes, and heart attacks.

Dr. Sam Romano can treat the overall health of his patients with the help of state of the art technology. With diagnostic testing, personal evaluation and sleep study results, Dr. Sam Romano can customize an oral appliance designed specifically for you.

After your sleep study has been evaluated, Dr. Sam Romano will know the degree of your obstructive sleep apnea. Based upon your test results, if appropriate, Dr. Sam Romano then fabricates an oral appliance for patients to wear at night, to maintain optimum oxygen levels. This appliance is designed to keep the airway from collapsing. Patients are highly compliant with oral appliance therapy because of the ease of use and immediate relief it provides. The sleep study is then repeated with the use of oral appliance therapy, to demonstrate the effectiveness of the device. The resulting report gives us affirmation that the appliance in place is effectively treating the OSA.

Dr. Sam Romano, DMD:

“My vision is to change the way you perceive dentistry and to improve your quality of life”, Dr. Sam Romano states. “The addition of sleep apnea therapy into my practice gives me the opportunity to enhance my patients overall health, which is very important to me.” Dr. Sam Romano has been in practice for 27 years at the same location-120 Park Avenue, in Madison. Dr. Sam Romano can be reached at 973-377-7088, via his website: www.drsamromano.com or you can visit his facebook page at: www.facebook.com/drsamromano.

Dr. Sam Romano is a member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. He is also a clinical instructor at the world renowned Kois Center, a state of the art, post graduate, dental teaching facility, in Seattle, Washington. Dr. Sam Romano enjoys teaching dentists, from all
over the world, advanced techniques in general, restorative, and cosmetic dentistry. He is a lifelong resident of Madison where he resides with his wife and two children. Dr. Sam Romano is an active member of his community.

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What You Need to Know About Sedation Dentistry NJ Dentists Do

Remember that episode of Glee where the kids were sedated during a dental check-up, and they ended up singing Britney Spears songs in their head? Although the whole Britney Spears angle might not happen, a sedation dentist New Jersey residents trust can sedate you during dental procedures, which can help if you suffer from dental phobia.

What is Sedation Dentistry?

Sedation dentistry involves introducing sedatives to the patient—by inhalation, oral, or intravenously—so as to help the patient relax. There are several levels of sedation—minimal, moderate, and deep—and the level of sedation that the dentist would put you in depends on how stressed you are with the procedure that you’re going to undergo. Under sedation, your body will relax more easily, and the amount of stress you’re in would be greatly reduced.

Who is It For?

Sedation dentistry is designed primarily to assist those who experience mild to severe dental phobia and people with special needs. Although true dental phobia is rare, most people experience a certain amount of fear and trepidation when going to the dentist. Sedation helps them relax and allows the dentist to do the procedure quickly and more efficiently.

Suitable candidates for sedation dentistry are those who experience stress or fear when at the dental office. Other patients who require sedation dentistry NJ dentists practice have to undergo complex dental surgery, have strong gag reflexes, or are unaffected by other forms of anesthesia.

Even if you don’t have extreme dental phobia or something similar, you can undergo sedation dentistry by letting your dentist know that you prefer to. You will have very little memory of the procedure, which means less worrying about what the dentist did to your mouth. There will also be less need to be concerned because sedation dentistry is considered very safe and effective.

There are, of course, a few concerns. Some people don’t like sedation dentistry because they don’t like the idea of not knowing what is happening, or maybe they have a problem with letting go of control and letting dentists like Dr. Sam Romano work on them while they are sedated. Despite this, sedation dentistry is a great way for people with dental phobia to achieve optimum dental health.

If you’re looking for dentists who do sedation dentistry New Jersey residents can count on, or you just want to learn more about sedation dentistry, you can visit or DentalFearCentral.org for more information.

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The Kind of Dental Implants New Jersey Residents Need

Dental implants were developed in Sweden in 1952 by Professor Per-Ingvar Brånemark. This professor coined the term “osseointegration” which means the attachment of healthy bone to a titanium implant. Today, the installation of NJ dental implants is common as patients go for a more permanent fix to their dental worries.

Because dental implants are permanent, these also provide long-lasting oral health solutions to those with missing teeth. Resorption is a process where the jaw bone erodes or melts over the time that the teeth were lost. It also causes deformity in the mouth area because the gums have collapsed and shrunk. This makes the person look old and is an inhibition to proper speech and adequate nutrition.

When you have missing teeth, it’s impossible to talk straight and to eat right. If you finally opt for dental implants New Jersey dentists can provide, you will achieve a fuller life and a healthier smile. Never again will you have to feel embarrassed about your oral condition, and you will surely look and feel like your youthful self again.

The procedure involves imprinting the jaw and teeth, which is crucial to assess the measurements needed for the dental implant, as well as the dental health condition of the patient if he is qualified for the implant. X-rays or CT scans are also performed to check the quality of the jaw bone for a titanium root attachment.

If there is insufficient bone structure due to resorption, a bone grafting procedure is conducted to develop a jawbone for the implant. The bone must ideally be taken from the patient’s own body to heal faster. The bone can be taken from the chin, lower jaw, hip, and tibia.

Dental implants are performed under local anesthetic. Sedation can also be used for extreme conditions. Holes are then drilled in the jawbone at the intended location for the dental implant. Titanium screws or roots are tightly fitted into the hole, and the gum is stitched back over the implant then left to heal. After the healing period, a temporary dental crown will be attached. Usually, it takes a lot of time for the gums to heal. However, when it does, the final permanent restoration may then be attached.

The dental implant New Jersey residents can be privileged to have can be obtained through NJ dentists like Dr. Sam Romano. It looks and feels much better than temporary dental treatments. Dental implants are very durable, and they are treated like real teeth. People who receive dental implants can regain a happier and healthier smile, as well as the self-confidence that was lost prior to the implant.

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