News & Announcements
The local paper recently published a letter to the editor that stated that Borough electric bills included a surcharge for customers who paid their bill by check. THIS IS INCORRECT. The 'C CHG' or "customer charge" is a a small flat fee that is charged on every bill, whether it is paid with cash, check or on-line banking. This fee is was established decades ago to help cover the fixes costs of the system as well as administrative costs with billing. The fee is currently $4.86 for residential accounts and slightly higher for commercial accounts. As you can imagine, there are some accounts/connections that have very small or no monthly $$ billing whatsoever. This charge helps pay for the system so that customer has access to the electricity when needed. Please contact the utility billing department at 973-593-3045 if you have any further questions.
Your Health. Your Choice. Come out to Get Covered's upcoming events to learn about your new health care coverage options and how to help inform the uninsured in your neighborhood. Visit the Get Covered America page on the right or click the link below for more information. https://www.rosenet.org/gov/health/pages/get-covered-america
The Madison Health Department would like to remind residents with dogs to be mindful of their neighbors and ensure their dog isn't chronically howling, barking, and/or disturbing the peace and quiet of the neighborhood. Ordinance 15-2005 § 59-12. Howling or barking dogs. No person shall keep within the Borough any dog causing a nuisance and disturbing the peace and quiet of the neighborhood in which it shall be kept by chronically howling, barking and/or making and causing other sounds or noises.
Here's How to Safely Dispose Unwanted Medications.. To safely dispose of expired or unwanted medicine, you can either: -Visit the Madison Police Department at the Public Safety Building. They are offering a 24 Hour Secure Drug Take Back Program and will dispose medicines according to safety and environmental standards. OR -Mix the medicine with an unpalatable taste (like used coffee ground, or kitty litter), seal the mixture and then dispose of it in the household trash. Make sure all personal information on the label is scratched out and unreadable. To learn about what medicines should be flushed, and more information on prescription substance abuse, please visit the Safe Medication Disposal page by clicking on the following link. https://www.rosenet.org/gov/health/pages/safe-medication-disposal
Rabies is a potentially fatal disease transmitted by the bites of infected animals. The following link provides more information on how to protect yourself and your pet from rabies, as well as dates and locations of free rabies clinics offered in Madison and surrounding towns. http://www.rosenet.org/gov/health/pages/rabies
Madison Health Department will be offering cancer screenings for all women over the age of 18 on October 28. Please call 973-593-3079 x1 to make an appointment. Visit the following link for more information about breast cancer and risk factors. https://www.rosenet.org/gov/health/pages/breast-cancer-awareness
Rodent activity causes damage to homes and food supplies each year. They can also spread diseases to humans directly, from bites or contaminated food, or indirectly from ticks and fleas. More information is available on https://www.rosenet.org/gov/health/pages/health-info-and-happenings .
My hygienist, Kay wrote this blog that I thought I would share with you “YOUR TOOTH IS LOOSE!” 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!
Thanks to a cooperative effort between the Madison Environmental Commission (MEC) and local business Pack Ship n More, convenient year-round foam material recycling is now available to Madison residents and businesses. For more information, please visit the following link: http://www.rosenet.org/gov/recycling/pages/styrofoam-recycling
If you watched a recent episode on Dr. Oz, you would initially think that everyone should race to the dentist and have all their amalgam (silver) fillings removed because of mercury vapors that are released from amalgams. Sensationalism makes money on TV, so may I suggest you watch all three parts of the episode before you call the dentist. The tone at the end is very different than the fear at the beginning. The debate about amalgam fillings has been going on since the 1980’s when there was concern raised about the mercury that is part of the silver filling. Studies have been done with suggestions that mercury vapors are released from amalgams and in fact, some countries in Europe have banned the use of amalgams. Research still is not complete and part of the issue is that we don’t know how much mercury is released and how much is too much. The main concern with mercury is that it is neurotoxic – meaning that it affects your nervous system. The following is a list of symptoms that have been associated with mercury toxicity: memory loss, auto immune disorders, fatigue, tremors and the inability to concentrate. Patients who suffer from these conditions may ask to have amalgams removed in an effort to eliminate the symptoms. In fact, over the years, I have had a few patients with multiple sclerosis and others who felt they had metal toxicity, request removal of their amalgams. We developed a plan for those patients and replaced amalgams, but I didn’t see significant improvement in their symptoms. My patient sample in this case was too small and no research study was conducted by me to prove or disprove any theories. As a dentist who has been practicing for 22 years, these are my thoughts on silver fillings: • Amalgams are a solid, dependable restoration that many adults have had in their mouths for 30-40 years. I had a 91 year old patient in recently who had stable silver fillings in place for over 50 years! • Amalgams were a popular material in the past, and are still used by many dentists today, because they are easy to place, hold up for a long time and are inexpensive. • Amalgams require more tooth removal than the new restorations that we have. Because amalgams don’t bond to teeth, you have to cut an undercut in a tooth to hold it in place. In small cavities, that doesn’t normally present a problem, but with larger cavities it can significantly undermine the tooth and lead to fractures later on. • There are alternatives to amalgam that are more supportive to the tooth, look better and don’t come with the suspicions associated with amalgam. They range from bonded composites to porcelain crowns and onlays. Because these materials are more technique sensitive and sometime involves multiple visits and lab fees, they cost more than amalgams. I believe the alternative materials are better, and therefore, I don’t place amalgams. For patients with insurance, many times policies will not cover these restorations and pay an “alternative benefit”, which is the fee of the less expensive amalgam. Personally, I have issues with insurance companies deciding which restoration is the ideal material for my patients….but that’s another topic. • The most exposure to mercury from amalgams is when they are removed and the fillings are aerated. Appropriate suction and isolation are important to limit exposure to patients. Dr. Oz suggests that if you have eight or more fillings you should have them replaced, but I question that because removing eight fillings at once creates a lot of mercury exposure. I would prefer addressing the amalgams as there is a problem, or if there are one or two next to one another, instead of taking them all out at once. Dr. Oz’s guests discuss the reasons why you might be at greater risk and how you can prevent toxicity. The belief is that grinding teeth together and having high acid levels (from coffee, soda, vinegar, oranges) elicit more mercury vapor. They suggest drinking soda and coffee with a straw (I prefer eliminating soda for many reasons). They recommend incorporating garlic, cilantro and Chlorella (a fresh water algae supplement) in your diet because they all help to bind and remove mercury from the body. They suggest removing amalgams if you have eight or more fillings, if you grind your teeth or if there is a sign of corrosion or decay. So, what’s my plan….I have seven amalgams in my mouth! They’ve probably been present for at least 35 years. I actually had eight, but had one replaced in dental school with a gold onlay because of decay around the old filling. I have no intention of removing the others until they break, have decay or open margins. I believing in treating my patients the way I would treat myself or my family. • For me, the biggest reason to replace an amalgam (or any other filling) is because it is no longer doing what it should be doing. If the margins are open, there is a cavity around it or it isn’t supporting the tooth, it needs to come out and be replaced. • Do I worry about amalgams? No, I don’t worry about the existing amalgams that are in my patients mouths. However, I am very careful when I remove them to limit their exposure to the aerated mercury. Which brings up something to consider…if removing the amalgams puts you at greater risk for neurotoxicity, wouldn’t you expect every dental staff member to have issues since they are the ones constantly being exposed? I suggest if you have amalgams present, that you have a conversation with your dentist. I urge you to make decisions based on fact and your individual situation, not television hype. I’ve included the link to Dr. Oz, but be sure to watch all three parts of the episode. http://www.doctoroz.com/episode/are-your-silver-fillings-making-you-sick?video=18173