ECU Dental School To Announce New Learning Center

Another community will have something to smile about when the ECU Dental School announces its next location for a service learning center Wednesday.

The ECU Dental School centers are being strategically placed in areas of the state that are underserved when it comes to dental services. The centers will be staffed by faculty members of the dental school along with hygienists and other staff members. Fourth-year dental students and residents will train at the centers. So far, centers have been announced in Ahoskie, Elizabeth City and Sylva.

Wednesday's announcement will take place in Lillington in Harnett County. A press release from ECU says several members of the General Assembly from Harnett, Lee, Johnston and Cumberland counties have been invited.


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  • by Dental Demand Location: ENC on Jan 21, 2011 at 06:50 AM
    As a professional in the field of dentistry, I can say there is a high demand for dentist. Upon research you will find certain areas that do not have a dentist at all and those residents have to travel outside their county for treatment. I provide for a community health center, dental schools and learning center's are needed just as much as a grocery store to provide treatment to low or no income residents. This practice nor the school of dentistry is a FREE service for patients. It allows the students to train and residents who may not be able to afford a private practice office be able to receive treatment they need. By far is it a waste of money, just do some research on individual counties of residents to dentist ratio and you will see the demand is high if you look outside the larger cities where most graduates chose to reside.
  • by to Dave Location: Windsor on Jan 20, 2011 at 01:12 PM
    Very WELL said!!
  • by Dave Location: Wilson on Jan 19, 2011 at 02:41 PM
    This was already budgetted money and will be used to provide dental service in a place with no dental service. Awesome job and everyone should be very proud of ECU and their service to the people of the state. unc-ch has had a dental school for decades and never even considered helping any other community outside Chapel Hill.
  • by Joe Dentist Location: eastern nc on Jan 19, 2011 at 01:22 PM
    The shortage of dentists is a lie. Call any 3 office's and request actual dental treatment, there is not a long wait. It is harder to get your teeth cleaned and hygienist are needed, but not dentists. This new school was about a feud b/t unc-ch and ecu and a propaganda campaign by the ecu dean and his cronies to get what he wanted.UNC could easily handle the dentists training needs of NC; much more economically for taxpayers to boot. The amount of tax payer money wasted on this is oblivious to joe public tax payer, that is the only reason it passed. With the economy down dentists are now SLOW. The people they purport dont have dentist access are the poor. They live close to cities and travel there often anyway. Dentist will not locate in the boondocks b/c they wont have enough PAYING PATIENTS. Dentists have to charge for their services to survive. The demand that they used to get ecu dental school open is from people who do NOT go to the dentist. The demand is FOR FREE DENTISTRY!
  • by plain and simple on Jan 19, 2011 at 11:34 AM
    Proof is that the land is sold for a dollar. State builds the learning center ... it then becomes a source of income in the long run.
  • by Staff on Jan 19, 2011 at 11:24 AM
    Let's hope the dental practice isn't run like ECU Physicians. Loads of people going around running up huge balances they will NEVER pay. I see it daily. Meanwhile, staff members have to jump through hoops just to order ink pens.
  • by DS1 on Jan 19, 2011 at 10:02 AM
    For whatever reason, ECU is so proud of this dental school. BIG DEAL!
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Jan 19, 2011 at 08:08 AM
    OK Duh, prove it! What part of deficit did you not understand, the 3.7 billion dollars or the fact it will cost money to fire these up? What part of government run did you not catch here?
  • by Duh! on Jan 19, 2011 at 07:49 AM
    You do realize that these "learning centers" can make money and pay for themselves.
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Jan 19, 2011 at 07:15 AM
    Sorry, I am against this as we already have a deficit running. If we are cutting schools, everything should be on the table including new "learning centers". This is why we voted out that last house members. Stop unecessary spending in this state. Didn't we just read where ECU was cutting staff and money?
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