Tony Edwards

Tony has served as Editor-in-Chief of DrBicuspid.com 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 DrBicuspid.com's San Francisco office.

Articles by this author
3 largest DSOs add practices
October 15, 2019 -- In DrBicuspid.com's latest list of the largest dental service organizations (DSOs) in the U.S., the three largest ones have continued to add affiliated practices. Heartland Dental, Aspen Dental, and Pacific Dental have all added about 40 practices since the last list was published in April 2019.  Discuss
CAD/CAM crowns placed by students show high survival rate
October 11, 2019 -- Chairside-generated CAD/CAM crowns placed by predoctoral students had high survival and success rates in a new study. The results suggest that these crowns will deliver predictable performance if placed correctly, according to the authors.  Discuss
ADA duel with SmileDirectClub heats up
October 9, 2019 -- The American Dental Association (ADA) and SmileDirectClub have issued dueling press statements in their ongoing dispute over government regulation of SmileDirectClub's clear-aligner business.  Discuss
Study: Ultrasound tops CBCT in peri-implant bone imaging
October 2, 2019 -- Cone-beam CT (CBCT) is considered the gold standard for imaging peri-implant bone, but researchers wondered if another modality without the radiation dose might be more accurate. They tested CBCT against high-frequency ultrasound and reported a surprising conclusion.  Discuss
Interdental brushes top flossing for plaque removal
October 1, 2019 -- How effective are interdental cleaning devices at preventing caries and periodontal disease? Researchers conducted a literature review and found that interdental brushes were more effective than flossing or wood sticks in removing interdental plaque.  Discuss
New review finds AI as accurate as healthcare practitioners
September 25, 2019 -- Artificial intelligence (AI) can detect oral cancer and other diseases with similar levels of accuracy as healthcare professionals, according to a new review published on September 24. But the authors caution that dentists and physicians aren't in danger of being replaced by AI anytime soon.  Discuss
U.S. men less knowledgeable about HPV than women
September 18, 2019 -- U.S. men are generally less knowledgeable than same-age U.S. women about HPV, the HPV vaccine, and the relationship between HPV and cancer, according to a study published on September 16 in JAMA Pediatrics. The findings highlight the importance of effective communication between practitioners and patients about the vaccine.  Discuss
CDC: Caries prevalence drops in U.S. kids
September 17, 2019 -- The prevalence of caries in primary teeth decreased nearly five percentage points in U.S. children ages 2 to 5 from 2011 to 2016 compared with 1999 to 2004, according to the new "Oral Health Surveillance Report 2019" from the U.S. Centers for Disease and Prevention (CDC) released on September 12.  Discuss
Violet LED light offers whitening treatment alternative
August 28, 2019 -- Teeth whitening remains a sought-after treatment by patients, but concentrated peroxides are often used in these treatments and may cause tooth damage. Researchers tested whether the use of a violet light-emitting diode (LED) system was a valid alternative for teeth whitening.  Discuss
CDC: HPV vaccination rate continues to increase
August 26, 2019 -- The number of U.S. adolescents who have received the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine continues to rise, according to a new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). However, the increase is modest compared with previous years, the researchers noted.  Discuss