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Keaton Mash is named delegate of the year by the American Student Dental Association

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Jun 082015
 

The East Carolina University School of Dental Medicine is pleased to announce that Keaton Mash, Doctor of Dental Medicine Candidate 2016, has been named District 4 Delegate of the Year by the American Student Dental Association (ASDA). Originally from Jefferson, North Carolina, Keaton has served as the ECU ASDA First Delegate and as a student member of the North Carolina Dental Society Board of Trustees. As an ASDA delegate, he has focused on helping pre-dental students learn more about the dental profession and on providing oral hygiene instruction and screening for older adults through a program called “Smiles for a Lifetime.” He has been instrumental in building ASDA membership nationally and hosting national ASDA leaders at ECU. While as the ASDA First Delegate, Keaton represented the ECU ASDA Chapter at National Leadership Conferences in Illinois, California, and South Carolina. Besides his work as an ECU dental student, he has also been active in Centershot Ministries and Cross Trail Outfitters. “ECU’s ASDA Chapter has become stronger and has gained momentum under Keaton’s leadership,” said Dr. Margaret Wilson, ASDA faculty advisor and vice dean of the School of Dental Medicine. “Upon hearing that I was receiving the Delegate of the Year award,   [read more…]

70th Anniversary of Water Fluoridation

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Feb 192015
 

This winter marks the 70th anniversary of community water fluoridation in the United States. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) heralded it, “one of the 10 great public health achievements of the 20th Century” (Community Water Fluoridation, 2013). The term “community water fluoridation” means fluoride levels are adjusted in an area’s public water supply to help prevent tooth decay and improve oral health. “Water fluoridation reduces tooth decay by about 25% over a person’s lifetime,” (Community Water Fluoridation, 2013). In 1945, Grand Rapids, Michigan, was the first city in the world to receive additional fluoride in their public water supply (Community Water Fluoridation, 2013). Before this occurred, extensive research was done. Dr. H. Trendley Dean, head of the Dental Hygiene Unit at the National Institutes of Health, was among the first to study fluoride with the help of his research team. After developing a new method of measuring fluoride levels, the team began testing water across the country (Statement on Water Fluoridation, 2004). It was found that fluoride measures up to 1 part per million in drinking water did not cause enamel fluorosis, or brown spots occurring on teeth (Statement on Water Fluoridation, 2004). Then the Michigan Department   [read more…]

Dental Student Organization Focuses on Older Adults

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Jan 122015
 

The American Student Dental Association (ASDA) is the largest student dental organization in the country. The ECU ASDA focuses on the oral health care needs of older adults. The group is piloting a service project called Smiles for A Lifetime. The project is a multifaceted education and oral screening program dedicated to improving the lives of older adults in the Greenville service area. The students partner with nursing homes, retirement communities, senior centers, and other facilities and programs in the area. To learn more, contact Jennifer Pan, DMD Candidate 2017, at panj13@students.ecu.edu or contact Peggy Novotny, ECU School of Dental Medicine Director of External Affairs, at novotnym@ecu.edu or 252-737-7031.   Share/Bookmark

Colleen Davis receives scholarship from the National Health Service Corps

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Nov 062014
 

Colleen K. Davis, DMD candidate 2018, has received a four-year scholarship from the National Health Service Corps (NHSC) to attend the ECU School of Dental Medicine. The National Health Service Corps, a program of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, provides financial, professional and educational resources to medical, dental, and mental and behavioral health care providers who bring their skills to areas of the United States with limited access to health care. Davis entered the ECU School of Dental Medicine in August. She graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill in 2012 with a bachelor’s degree in sociology with a minor in Southern Studies. She completed two years of post-baccalaureate studies at Western Carolina University (WCU). While at WCU, she worked as a Career Graduate Fellow in the Office of Career Services and Cooperative Education. She also served as an advanced science and math learning consultant at Southwestern Community College’s Learning Assistance Center. “I applied to the National Health Service Corps Scholarship Program because I was drawn to its mission of enhancing access to care. I believe that all communities need resources to help maintain oral health, and I want to provide those resources directly as a dental professional,” said Davis.   [read more…]

Mouth Healthy Habits from the American Dental Association

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Sep 302014
 

Brush your teeth for two minutes twice a day. Use a soft bristled brush and replace it every three or four months. Make sure to use an American Dental Association-approved fluoride toothpaste. Floss your teeth once a day to remove plaque from between your teeth in areas where the toothbrush cannot reach. Limit between meal snacking. Keep added sugar in your diet to a minimum by making wise food and beverage choices. Include dairy, plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, and water in your diet—they all play a role in your dental health. Find these and many other oral health tips on the American Dental Association website at www.mouthhealthy.org.             Students, resident and faculty providers at the ECU School of Dental Medicine offer a full range of dental services at reduced cost for adults and children at these locations: ECU School of Dental Medicine Ledyard E. Ross Hall Greenville, N.C. Phone 252-737-7834 Ahoskie, N.C. 100 Health Center Drive Phone 252-332-1904 Elizabeth City, N.C. 1161 North Road Street Phone 252-331-7225 Lillington, N.C. 80 Autumn Fern Trail Phone 910-814-4191 Sylva, N.C. 316 County Services Park Phone 828-586-1200 Visit www.ecu.edu/dental. Share/Bookmark