Tony Edwards

Tony has served as Editor-in-Chief of since November 2013. He has more than 30 years of journalism and editing experience, running such publications as BioMechanics, the Healthcare Journal of Northern California, the Western Journal of Medicine, and more. He is based out of's San Francisco office.

Articles by this author
Study links oral and respiratory health in aging patients
August 17, 2018 -- Aging patients who constantly aspirate saliva can swallow microbiota that can contribute to these patients developing pneumonia. A new large study examined how varying oral health conditions contributed to differences in tongue microbiota in these patients.  Discuss
Western Dental details launch of pediatric brand
August 14, 2018 -- Aiming to increase access to care for pediatric patients, the dental service organization Western Dental recently announced the launch of a pediatric dentistry brand, Western Dental Kids. Western's chief dental officer tells about the need to address access-to-care issues  Discuss
Report: Hawaii, Mass. top states with most dentists per capita
August 9, 2018 -- Which U.S. state has the most dentists per capita? Which state has the highest percentage of adults who have not seen a dentist in the past year? A personal finance website gathered the data, and the per-capita results might surprise you.  Discuss
Nanoparticle shows promise for biofilm disruption
August 3, 2018 -- An iron-containing nanoparticle successfully disrupted pathogenic biofilms and prevented tooth decay without harming surrounding oral tissues or biofilms in a new study. The findings potentially open the door for developing a precise therapeutic approach for caries.  Discuss
Materials testing stresses fracture resistance
August 2, 2018 -- Knowing how likely CAD/CAM materials are to fracture can help direct treatment planning. A new study put seven such materials through a stress test to see how they responded, and the researchers presented their findings at the recent 2018 International Association of Dental Research (IADR) meeting in London.  Discuss
Cost, urgency drive older African-American patients' care decisions
August 1, 2018 -- Cost and perceived urgency of treatment are the two primary reasons older African-American patients decide to seek, or not seek, dental care, according to new research presented at the 2018 International Association of Dental Research (IADR) meeting in London.  Discuss
Researchers test nickel-titanium file safety limits
July 31, 2018 -- With endodontic files, reciprocating mechanisms are claimed to improve cyclic resistance and fatigue while also avoiding torsional failure, leading to better outcomes. Researchers put two nickel-titanium files through tests to see if these claims held up.  Discuss
Lawyer advises growth focus for small-group formation
July 26, 2018 -- Zachary Hoard, JD, advises entrepreneurial dentists every day on the benefits, and roadblocks, to practice expansion and dental service organization (DSO) formation. He talks with about focusing on practice growth and forming a small-group practice.  Discuss
Can ultrasound accurately measure periodontal pockets?
July 26, 2018 -- Traditionally, a periodontal probe has been used to assess pocket depth. But can photoacoustic imaging offer more consistent and detailed results? A study presented at the 2018 International Association for Dental Research (IADR) meeting in London compared the two methods.  Discuss
New AAP survey results can help educate dentists, consumers
July 23, 2018 -- A third of people eat after they've finished their nighttime teeth-cleaning routine, according to the findings of a new survey from the American Academy of Periodontology (AAP). The survey results can help inform dentists about how patients live their lives and educate consumers on the importance of proper oral care, notes AAP President Dr. Steven Daniel.  Discuss