School of Dental Medicine

Free Screening for Dental Board Exam

The ECU School of Dental Medicine is offering FREE dental screenings and select x-rays in October, November, December and January and FREE dental care in March for those who qualify. Learn more.


SoDM Class of 2018 Graduation 

Graduation for the School of Dental Medicine’s Class of 2018 is rapidly approaching. Graduates will participate in ECU’s Commencement and the School of Dental Medicine Convocation Ceremony on Friday, May 4th. To learn more about these events, please continue reading.



Dr. Nikki Tucker receives scholarship to Institute for Teaching and Learning

Nikki Tucker, DDS, clinical assistant professor in the Department of Pediatric Dentistry, Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics, has been selected to receive a 2018 American Dental Education Association/Academy of Academic Leadership (ADEA/AAL) Faculty of Color Tuition Scholarship for Professional Development through the Institute for Teaching and Learning (ITL). The scholarship supports professional development activities for faculty of color in dental and

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FROM SERGEANT TO STUDENT – Police officer studying to become a dentist

Being a police officer and a dentist are more similar than one might think. That’s what former Sgt. Rudy Oxendine is realizing as a first-year dental student. “It’s all about perspective,” said Dr. Todd Watkins, assistant dean for dental education and informatics at the East Carolina University School of Dental Medicine. “He already has the background in service and as

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Dr. Loren Alves receives BB&T Active Learning and Leadership Grant

Loren Alves, DMD, DABPD, FAAPD, clinical associate professor in the Department of Pediatric Dentistry, Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics, has been selected to participate in ECU’s BB&T Active Learning and Leadership Incentive Grant Program for spring 2018. The program provides incentive grants of $1,000 for faculty from ECU colleges and schools to study the relationship between active learning and the development

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Lessons in a Lunch Box delivers tangible takeaways for Robeson County children

While preparing for her own future, second-year dental student Brianna Chavis-Locklear is also interested in the future of the children at Prospect Elementary School in rural Robeson County, North Carolina. Brianna is an alumna of the school, which serves nearly 1,000 children from pre-kindergarten to eighth grade and is the heart and soul of the community. Ninety-six percent of the

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Integrating Oral Health Care Services Within Medicare

Mark Moss, DDS, PhD, has authored “Integrating Oral Health Care Services Within Medicare” in the North Carolina Medical Journal (NCMJ), November/December 2017. The article’s abstract is as follows: The idea of a Medicare oral health benefit is attracting attention. Models for care that focus on screening, prevention, and early intervention have been developed. East Carolina University’s Community Service Learning Centers

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