Aug 232013
 

 Serving Dental Patients

     The ECU School of Dental Medicine is part of an educational institution and is serving its mission to both educate dental students and dental residents and provide dental care for the public. The school offers dental clinics both at ECU and in rural communities in North Carolina.

ECU Clinics

      School of Dental Medicine student and resident clinics are accepting new patients. Please call 252-737-7834 to learn more or to make an appointment.

East Carolina University
School of Dental Medicine
Ledyard E. Ross Hall
1851 MacGregor Downs Road
Greenville, NC 27834

Community Service Learning Centers (CSLCs)

      ECU School of Dental Medicine Community Service Learning Centers are open in the both Ahoskie and Elizabeth City. Faculty dentists, dental residents, and dental hygienists are providing high quality, state-of-the-art care to adult, pediatric, and special needs patients. Fourth-year students will join CSLC oral health professionals in 2014.

      Community Services Learning Centers in Sylva and Lillington are currently under construction and expected to be operational in early 2014. Centers in both Spruce Pine and Davidson County are scheduled for completion in late summer 2014.

      To schedule an appointment at Ahoskie or Elizabeth City CSLCs, please call the numbers below.

ECU School of Dental Medicine Community Service Learning Center – Ahoskie, 100 Health Center Drive, Ahoskie, NC 27910 Phone 252-332-1904

ECU School of Dental Medicine Community Service Learning Center – Elizabeth City, 1161 North Road Street, Elizabeth City, NC 27909  Phone 252-331-7225 or 331-7226

 

 

 

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Mar 192013
 

On March 20, second-year dental students from the ECU School of Dental Medicine will participate in a health fair for boys who attend South Central High School in Winterville. One of the most important topics that the dental students will discuss is the use of mouth guards to protect the teeth, lips, tongue, face and jaw.

But mouth guards aren’t just for boys. Girls should consider wearing mouth guards when engaged in soccer, basketball, softball, volleyball, or other contact sports. Girls and boys alike are cheerleaders and gymnasts; these activities can also lead to mouth and teeth injuries.

The American Dental Association (ADA) says, “When it comes to protecting your mouth, a mouth guard is an essential piece of athletic gear that should be part of your standard equipment from an early age. In fact, studies show that athletes are 60 times more likely to suffer harm to the teeth if they’re not wearing a mouth guard. While collision and contact sports, such as boxing, are higher-risk sports for the mouth, you can experience a dental injury in non-contact activities too, such as gymnastics and skating.”

Don’t make the mistake of automatically thinking you cannot afford a mouth guard. While the ADA recommends having a custom made mouth guard for best fit, there are stock and boil and bite style mouth guards that can be purchased very reasonably from sporting goods and drug stores. The fit may not be as perfect with these, but some protection will still be in place and can save pain and dental visits.

 A properly fitted mouth guard is especially important for those who wear dental braces or other fixed orthodontic appliances. A mouth guard provides a barrier between the braces and soft tissues of the cheeks and lips. A serious blow to the mouth of someone wearing braces is not only extremely painful but can mean costly unscheduled trips back to the orthodontist.

 The ADA’s website is a great place to learn more about mouth guards. Visit ADA.

 As we all know, Greenville is a big sports town! If you or someone in your family is involved in sports, add a mouth guard to your list of protective gear and stay in the  “safety zone.”