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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…]

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

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…]