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Texas Dentist Installed as American Dental Association Trustee

November 10, 2015

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CHICAGO – Richard C. Black, D.D.S., M.S., a dentist practicing orthodontics in El Paso, Texas, was recently installed as a trustee of the American Dental Association (ADA). Dr. Black’s installation took place in Washington, D.C. at the ADA’s 156th Annual Meeting.

Dr. Black will serve on the ADA Board of Trustees as the trustee from the Fifteenth District, which encompasses Texas. The ADA Board of Trustees formulates and reviews policies and programs and makes recommendations to the members of the ADA’s governing body, the House of Delegates. As a member of the ADA Board of Trustees, Dr. Black will play a major role in the organization’s objective of being America’s leading advocate for oral health.

Dr. Black is the current chair of the ADA Council on Government Affairs. Some of his previous roles in organized dentistry include president of both the Texas Dental Association and El Paso District Dental Society. He served as a member of the ADA Council on Ethics, Bylaws and Judicial Affairs and was the recipient of a Presidential Citation from the ADA President in 2010. He is a member of the American Association of Orthodontists and the Southwest Society of Orthodontics. He is a Fellow of the American College of Dentists and International College of Dentists.

Dr. Black earned his dental degrees, including his D.D.S., M.S. and orthodontic residency certificate, from the University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston. He and his wife, Beth, have two daughters, Allyson and Lauren.

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The not-for-profit ADA is the nation's largest dental association, representing 163,000 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 For more information on oral health, including prevention, care and treatment of dental disease, visit the ADA's consumer website