January 18, 2017

A $10,000 grant from the Pierre Fauchard Academy will help University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry bring oral care to patients with special needs.

The grant will fund the Special Needs Clinic at Detroit Mercy Dental, which helps future dentists develop the skills and comfort level to treat special needs populations. The grant also provides funding for the treatment of underserved populations via the mobile dental clinic.

“Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry is known for preparing dentists to function in the real world,” said Adjunct Professor Cheri Newman, D.D.S., ’98. “Experience with patients having significant physical or other challenges helps our graduates develop the confidence to welcome everyone in their professional practices.”

Serving people with special needs was a deep interest of Detroit Mercy Dental alumnus David Campbell, D.D.S., ’55. Campbell had a private practice in Dearborn, Mich., and taught at the School of Dentistry. He developed a curriculum for continuing education in the field of geriatric dentistry, which the University adopted. When he died in June 2016, a memorial fund was established to help the University treat special needs patients. 

Campbell served as president of the national and international branches of the Pierre Fauchard Academy, a nonprofit dedicated to building “leaders in the dental profession, their communities and society.”