Federal Way dentist Linda Edgar will assume the office of prsident of the national Academy of General Dentistry when the group meets for its annual convention in Nashville later this month.
The academy represents some 38,000 dentists in the United States and Canada. Edgar will be only the second woman to lead the organization in its 60-year history.
A graduate of the University of Washington School of Dentistry, Edgar has been in private practice for 21 years. Before that, she taught a science curriculum in the Highline and Auburn School Districts.
Edgar said this week that she will continue her practice part-time while fulfilling the duties of her office, which include representing the profession to other dentists and advocating dental issues before national and state legislators.
One personal campaign, she said, concerns dental hygiene among children.
“I would like to see them start a brushing program in schools,” she said. “Two minutes twice a day. If you can change one little thing, you can change an epidemic. With all the sugars, pop and candy … I would encourage teachers not to give candy for rewards. Baby steps can make a big difference.”
As well as being a dentist and former teacher, Edgar also set a record as a marathoner – 31 miles in 3 hours, 21 minutes – in 1982. She competed in the women’s Olympic marathon trials in 1984, and placed 92nd.