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Texas Dentist Elected to American Dental Association Board

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CHICAGO, Oct. 13, 2010 – 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 MS and PhD in Anatomy from Baylor University and her D.D.S. degree and Periodontal Certificate from the Baylor College of Dentistry.