Serving Dental Patients

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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





Addressing the oral health of North Carolina’s children

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Sep 102012

How are teeth problems affecting child outcomes in North Carolina?

Dr. Ford Grant, DMD, director of general dentistry and clinical associate professor in the ECU School of Dental Medicine, responds to ECU Health Beat questions.

Q. In your experience, how do dental problems affect the academic success of children?

A. Since opening the first Community Service Learning Center (CSLC) in Ahoskie we have seen many children with extensive decay and abscessed teeth. These children experience oral pain on a daily basis. Their parents seem to be at a loss as to what is causing the problem. A recent study at the University of Southern California School of Dentistry found children with tooth pain were four times more likely to have a grade point average below the median. The study noted that children missed an average of six days in elementary school due to illness. Dental problems accounted for 2.1 days of the total. They also found that parents missed an average of 2.5 days of work per year to take their children to the dentist.

Q. How can more be done to help parents understand the importance of oral hygiene for their children?

A. Of course you cannot be healthy without a healthy mouth, to paraphrase former Surgeon General C. Everett Koop. Many dental offices refuse to see children until they can behave and sit still. By then the damage is done, if good oral hygiene practices are not carried out at home. At the Ahoskie CSLC, we encourage parents to bring their children for an initial exam before the age of one, when the teeth are just starting to erupt. This exam is in the lap of the parent and the purpose is to teach the parent how to properly clean their child’s teeth and mouth. Bacteria infect the hard tissues of the teeth causing tooth decay or caries (cavities). You are not born with those bacteria in your mouth. It is passed to children from contact with another person’s saliva. We need to approach the problem in the way other infectious diseases are managed.

Q. How will the ECU School of Dental Medicine impact oral health awareness/education in North Carolina?

A. The ECU School of Dental Medicine will have an active pediatric dentistry program that will help train dentists to enter the community and take on these problems. At the CSLC, we will hope to be involved with health programs in the community to educate parents and new mothers to prevention of oral infections and decay. School based programs will be used to help encourage good nutritional and oral care practices for a lifetime.

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