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Dr. David Hicklin

Family Dental Health of Forest Acres

Dr. David Hicklin

Fun Facts with Dr. Hicklin

Q: Do you have any skills or talents that most people don’t know about? I built a workshop years ago.  What started as an impossible challenge to build a grill support table, turned into major hobby.  I build furniture on the side now.  

Q: What’s the first concert you ever went to? Deanna Carter and Alan Jackson. Who doesn’t love some 90’s country! 

Q: What was your first job? Selling Christmas trees.  Turns out studying with sap hands just doesn’t work.  

Q: What’s your idea of a perfect vacation? Backpacking through Banff! 


  • Furman University
  • Medical University of South Carolina’s College of Dental Medicine

Dr. Hicklin's Story

Dr. David Hicklin’s journey to Family Dental Health is a testament to his unwavering commitment to excellence in dentistry. Born and raised in Spartanburg, SC, Dr. Hicklin’s early education and pursuit of a career in chemistry at Furman University laid the foundation for his future endeavors.

Driven by a desire to make a direct impact on people’s lives, Dr. Hicklin embarked on an extended work-study program at the prestigious Los Alamos National Laboratory. However, it was through exploration and collaboration with professionals across the upstate of SC that he discovered his true calling in the dental profession. Dentistry, with its unique blend of helping others and showcasing hand skills as an art form, resonated with Dr. Hicklin’s passions.

His educational journey continued at the Medical University of South Carolina’s College of Dental Medicine, where he graduated in 2006. Notably, he was inducted into the Omicron Kappa Upsilon dental honor society, recognizing his exceptional dedication to the field.

Post-graduation, Dr. Hicklin chose to refine his skills further through a general practice residency at Palmetto Health Richland (now Prisma Health) in Columbia, SC. There, he underwent comprehensive training in sedation dentistry, implant dentistry, oral surgery, esthetic dentistry, and general restorative dentistry. His commitment to teaching and mentoring led him to join the residency as a faculty member and eventually become the program director.

Under Dr. Hicklin’s guidance, the Prisma Residency became one of the most sought-after programs in the country. His passion for imparting knowledge in implant dentistry, complex dental surgeries, and advanced restorative dentistry has influenced and shaped the careers of over 100 dentists.

Continuing his pursuit of excellence, Dr. Hicklin recently achieved Mastership status with the Academy of General Dentistry—an award earned by less than 2% of all dentists in the country. As a proud member of various dental associations, including the American Dental Association and the Academy of General Dentistry, he stays abreast of the latest advancements in dentistry.

Dr. Hicklin shares his life with his wife, Susanne, whom he grew up with and married in 2006.  Together, they have been blessed with twins, Duncan and Haley, who fill their life with much laughter and joy.  During his free time, Dr. Hicklin enjoys woodworking, working out at Basecamp Fitness, and heading to the mountains in search of amazing hikes.

As a part of the Family Dental Health team, Dr. Hicklin ensures the best possible care for his patients. Focusing on IV sedation, surgical implant dentistry, wisdom teeth extractions, esthetic dental treatment, and comprehensive dental care, Dr. Hicklin is dedicated to delivering personalized, top-tier dental care with expertise and compassion.

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