Community Outreach - School of Dentistry

dentalcommunityDental Clinics Provide Accessible Care

Through two clinics, four outreach clinics and a mobile unit, the School of Dentistry offers oral health services and education. Last year, services were provided to 25,000 patients for a total of 120,000 patient visits.

Dental Screenings Impact Community

In 2013, the School of Dentistry provided 1,657 screenings and  12,217 oral health kits to adults and children.

Dental Services at St. Vincent DePaul

UDM Dental and UDM Chapter of American Student Dental Association, in collaboration with the Society of St. Vincent DePaul, support a free dental clinic at the Society’s location on Gratiot Avenue in Detroit. Volunteer students and faculty provide free dental services one Saturday a month, with plans to expand the program to two Saturdays a month.

Service to Veterans

The School of Dentistry is currently partnering with the Veterans Administration Medical Center to provide veterans with needed dental treatment, including dental restoration to assist them in re-entering civilian life and beginning job searches.

School of Dentistry Hosts ‘Give Kids A Smile Day’

In February, University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry provided free oral health care services to more than 150 children from low-income families at UDM's Corktown Campus. UDM Dental School hosted the "Give Kids A Smile" event with 4th year dental students and supervising faculty providing the services.  The program is designed for children, ages 4-16, who received comprehensive dental care that day and were provided vouchers for return visits to the UDM Dental Clinic to continue the free care. All participants received a free oral health kit containing toothpaste, floss… and a big smile.

dentalUDM Launches New Dental Training Initiative to Recruit and Retain Underserved Students

University of Detroit Mercy (UDM) partnering with MI-AHEC has been selected to implement a yearlong recruitment and retention campaign through the Dental Pipeline National Learning Institute (NLI). Introduced by the American Dental Education Association (ADEA), the premier association serving the dental education community, in partnership with the University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry, the NLI is a new training program dedicated to increasing recruitment and retention among underserved student communities at dental schools.

The University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry was chosen along with 10 other dental schools to support the NLI’s ultimate goal of creating a diverse workforce of dentists who understand the oral healthcare needs of patients from underserved populations. With support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, each NLI institution receives $12,000 along with other support and resources, including a three-day training course about Dental Pipeline best practices, advocacy, and leadership; peer mentor match-ups; access to various online courses; and fundraising and development tutorials. 

UDM Dental and DHS Team Up to Provide Orthodontic Care for Foster Children

In April 2013,  31 children and teens who are permanent wards of Michigan's foster care system received screening for orthodontic treatments by faculty and students in the Postgraduate Orthodontics department at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry. The children, ranging in age from seven –18, are the first in what is projected to be a group of 50 initially served by a program for permanent wards of the court living in Wayne County. Orthodontic care takes approximately two years.

Dentistry Volunteers Serve at Health Event

Volunteers from UDM's School of Dentistry were at the Men's Health Event at Ford Field, Sept. 21, 2013, which was hosted by the Michigan Institute of Urology Men's Health Foundation. The School brought 61 students, residents, alumni, faculty and staff to provide 687 oral, head and neck cancer screenings among other evaluations. Of the patients seen, 41 were notified of possible abnormal findings and 60 patients were found to be in need of immediate dental attention. UDM Dentistry personnel can be seen among the Men's Health Event photos on the Men's Health Foundation site.

Dental Care for Children in Foster System

A School of Dentistry partnership is providing orthodontic treatment for dozens of children and teens who are permanent wards of Michigan's foster care system. Such young people have not had access to orthodontic services before. The program is a partnership between the UDM Orthodontics faculty and students, the Detroit Department of Human Services and "For The Seventh Generation," an organization serving people involved in the foster care system. Find out more in the UDM news release.