"Even in the oral cavity microcosm, we tolerate our neighbors but eschew uninvited strangers."
Irwin D. Mandel (1922– )
DDS 1945, ScD 1996 (hon.)
As a researcher, author, and teacher, Irwin D. Mandel has played a major role in shifting the focus of dentistry from repair to prevention. The author of more than 200 scientific articles and 17 books or book chapters, Mandel conducted pioneering research on the role of dental plaque in tooth decay and periodontal disease, and is also known for studies of salivary composition as it relates to dental disease and systemic disease. Reflecting his own sense of humor, Mandel has been affectionately called "the General of the Salivation Army." Mandel, who won the American Dental Association's Award for Excellence in Dental Research in 1985, is now the preventive dentistry consultant to NASA's manned mission to Mars project.