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THOMASVILLE, N.C. (AP) — East Carolina University is reaching out to poor communities with the latest of an expected 10 dental training centers across North Carolina.

The latest has been announced for a site at Davidson County Community College in Thomasville. It’s expected open in two years.

The centers established by ECU’s School of Dental Medicine will train fourth-year dental students and dental residents. They’ll provide dental care to people who can’t afford visiting a dentist, as well as patients with insurance.

East Carolina’s dental school was established to address the shortage of dentists in rural communities. Its inaugural class of 52 students will complete the first year next month.

ECU’s first community dental center is schedule to open this month in Ahoskie. Others include Elizabeth City, Lillington, Sylva and Spruce Pine.

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