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American Dental Association Welcomes President George W. Bush as Distinguished Speaker at Annual Meeting in San Antonio

March 11, 2014

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CHICAGO, March 11, 2014 — The American Dental Association (ADA) will welcome President George W. Bush to ADA 2014 – America’s Dental Meeting for the Opening General Session and Distinguished Speaker Series Thursday, Oct. 9 at the Alamodome in San Antonio.

President Bush was the 43rd president of the United States and founder of the George W. Bush Foundation. Bush was born on July 6, 1946, in New Haven, Connecticut, to Barbara and George H.W. Bush – later the 41st President of the United States. In 1948, the family moved to Texas, where George W. Bush grew up in Midland and Houston. He received a bachelor’s degree in history from Yale University in 1968 and a master’s degree in business administration from Harvard Business School in 1975. On November 8, 1994, George W. Bush was elected the 46th Governor of Texas. In 1998, he became the first governor in Texas history to be elected to consecutive four-year terms.

After the Presidency, George and Laura Bush founded the George W. Bush Presidential Center in Dallas, Texas. The Center is home to the Bush Presidential Museum and Library, which houses George W. Bush’s presidential papers. The Center is also home to the George W. Bush Institute, a public policy organization that focuses on economic growth, education reform, global health, and human freedom. The Institute supports the rights of women with its Women’s Initiative and honors those who have served in the United States armed forces through its Military Service Initiative.

"We are excited and honored to have President Bush speak at the annual meeting," said Dr. James E. Galati, 2014 chair for the Council on ADA Sessions. "I believe his charitable work and experiences can inspire all dentists, no matter what their political beliefs are."

President Bush is also the author of a bestselling memoir, "Decision Points." He and Laura have twin daughters, Barbara and Jenna, a son-in-law, Henry Hager, and a granddaughter, Mila Hager. The Bush family also includes a dog, Miss Beazley, and a cat, Bob.

The 2014 Distinguished Speaker Series is presented by Church & Dwight, the makers of ARM & HAMMER™, Spinbrush™ and ORAJEL™ oral care products.

The ADA’s annual meeting, which is scheduled Oct. 9-14 at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, brings together leaders in dental practice, research, academia and industry to present more than 300 continuing education courses, a trade show and the House of Delegates over six days. The Opening General Session, which kicks off the convention, will also honor the winner of the 2014 Humanitarian Award, Dr. Raymond S. Damazo. General registration begins May 1 at ADA.org/meeting, and you must register in advance to attend the Opening General Session.

Editor’s Note: President Bush’s speech is closed to the media.

About the ADA

The not-for-profit ADA is the nation's largest dental association, representing 159,000 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 ADA.org. For more information on oral health, including prevention, care and treatment of dental disease, visit the ADA's consumer website MouthHealthy.org