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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…]

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

Aug 262014
 

Two ECU School of Dental Medicine faculty members, Dr. Ervin Davis and Dr. John Stockstill, and others have published a study, “Pain-related worry in patients with chronic orofacial pain,” in the July 2014 issue of the Journal of the American Dental Association. The researchers explored the prevalence of trait, general, and pain-related worry and the association of worry with high pain levels and other variables. The study found substantial levels of worry among patients and pain-related worry related to higher levels of pain, pain interference, and pain duration. Patients who have pain-related worries may overestimate the seriousness of having pain and think of dire consequences, even feeling their lives will be devastated by pain. Clinicians treating patients with orofacial pain should assess pain-related worry to understand the effects of their patient’s specific worries on pain and functioning. In addition, patients with substantial worry may be helped by learning techniques and skills to reduce unproductive worry and catastrophizing and improve skills to cope with chronic pain, such as learning distraction techniques, using positive self talk, and continuing activities and interests in spite of pain. Authors: C. Ervin Davis, MS, PhD; John W. Stockstill, DDS, MS; William D. Stanley, DDS, MS; Qiang   [read more…]

Dec 062013
 

Linda May, MS, PhD, assistant professor in the School of Dental Medicine Department of Foundational Sciences and Research, has received the Faculty Re-assignment Award for teaching release time for spring 2014 from the ECU Division of Research and Graduate Studies to prepare a competitive grant application to the National Institutes for Health (NIH) for continuation of her ENHANCED by Mom project. With North Carolina being the 5th worst state for childhood obesity rates, Dr. May studies how physical activity in mothers during pregnancy influences the development of the child before and after birth. “Although there are many programs targeting children to attenuate or eliminate childhood obesity, few programs begin the intervention during pregnancy,” said May. “From past studies, we know that exercise during pregnancy decreases fat gain and risk of gestational diabetes, and it improves pregnancy outcomes.” May will seek NIH funding to continue studying pregnant moms and their babies and to take her work a step further by offering education programs for pregnant moms. She plans to work with the school’s Community Service Learning Centers across the state to partner with pregnant moms and health professionals to explore the effects of obesity during pregnancy on babies and children and   [read more…]

Sep 272013
 

Dr. Joseph Califano, professor and division director of periodontology in the Department of Surgical Sciences at the ECU School of Dental Medicine, has been elected to serve as one of nine directors of the American Board of Periodontology (ABP). The ABP is one of nine specialty boards recognized by the American Dental Association. The board serves to advance the art and science of periodontics and elevate the quality of periodontal care through the examination, certification, and recertification of periodontists.  The ABP develops and oversees the administration of the written and oral exams required to become a board certified periodontist or diplomate of the ABP. Califano was a board examiner for seven years prior to a national run this year for a directorship. Califano will be installed as one of the ABP’s nine directors at the American Academy of Periodontology Annual Meeting this month. He will serve a six-year term.  “Dr. Califano was elected a director by the membership of the American Academy of Periodontology, which says a great deal about his reputation in the profession. Directors are to represent the best of the best in periodontics. Our students are the recipients of his expertise, and we are fortunate to have   [read more…]