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Utah Dentist Elected Second Vice President of American Dental Association

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CHICAGO, October 6, 2009 – AJ Smith, D.D.S., who practices general dentistry in Salt Lake City, Utah, was installed today as Second Vice President of the American Dental Association (ADA) during a meeting of the ADA House of Delegates in Honolulu.

As Second Vice President, Dr. Smith will serve on the ADA Board of Trustees, which formulates and reviews policies and programs and makes recommendations to the members of the ADA’s governing body, the House of Delegates. In this capacity, he will play a major role in the ADA's overall 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 his term as Second Vice President, Dr. Smith will automatically become First Vice President in October 2010.

Dr. Smith's previous responsibilities with the ADA include serving as chair of the Council on Dental Practice and a delegate to the ADA House of Delegates. He is a past president of the Utah Dental Association.

He earned his dental degree from the University of the Pacific. AJ and his wife, Leah, have two daughters, Sasha and Sierra, and they became first-time grandparents last year.

About the American Dental Association

The not-for-profit ADA is the nation's largest dental association, representing 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 The 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 www.ada.org. For more information on oral health, including prevention, care and treatment of dental disease, visit the ADA’s consumer website www.MouthHealthy.org.