CHICAGO, Oct. 13 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Patricia L. Blanton, D.D.S., M.S., Ph.D., who practices periodontics in Dallas, was installed today as second vice president of the American Dental Association (ADA) during a meeting of the ADA House of Delegates in Orlando, Fla.
As second vice president, Dr. Blanton will serve on the ADA Board of Trustees, which formulates and reviews policies and programs and makes recommendations to the members of the Association's governing body, the House of Delegates. In this capacity, she will play a major role in the ADA's objective of protecting and improving the public's oral health and promoting advances in dentistry. The ADA consists of more than 157,000 member dentists throughout the United States and its territories.
Upon completion of her term as second vice president, Dr. Blanton will automatically become first vice president in October 2011.
A former president of the Texas Dental Association, Dr. Blanton's previous responsibilities with the ADA include serving on a Presidential Taskforce on the Commission on Dental Accreditation. She also served on the Council on Scientific Affairs. Dr. Blanton is currently a member of the Baylor Oral Health Foundation Board.
A graduate of Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene, Tex., Dr. Blanton received her M.S. and Ph.D. in Anatomy from Baylor University and her D.D.S. degree and Periodontal Certificate from the Baylor College of Dentistry.
About the American Dental Association
The not-for-profit ADA is the nation's largest dental association, representing more than 157,000 dentist members. The premier source of oral health information, the ADA has advocated for the public's health and promoted the art and science of dentistry since 1859. The ADA's state-of-the-art research facilities develop and test dental products and materials that have advanced the practice of dentistry and made the patient experience more positive. The ADA Seal of Acceptance long has been a valuable and respected guide to consumer dental care products. The monthly Journal of the American Dental Association (JADA) is the ADA's flagship publication and the best-read scientific journal in dentistry. For more information about the ADA, visit the Association's Web site at www.ada.org
SOURCE American Dental Association