OxyCodone No Longer Condoned
Purdue Pharma, the maker of OxyContin, has agreed to plead guilty to criminal charges related to its marketing of the addictive painkiller, and faces penalties of roughly $8.3 billion, the Justice Department announced on Wednesday. Research estimates that since 1999 nearly 500,000 Americans have died at the hands of opioids. So let’s *hope and pray* this kickstarts a wave of further government regulations on opioid-producing-drug-
Fluoride is Safe F[lu]or Everyone
Yep, you guessed it, despite nearly a century’s worth of research showing the beneficial dental health effects of fluoride when carefully regulated and consumed we’re still trying to convince the powers that be to classify it as such. Ahead of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s (NASEM) annual meeting the ADA asked the National Toxicology Program to reclassify fluoride from a ‘presumed neurotoxin’ to an ‘unknown neurotoxin.’ If we can presume that fluoride is ‘neurotoxic’ then I might as well presume that my ex-girlfriend was ‘neurotoxic’ too. Sure she might have made me feel crazy and the relationship was toxic, but just because things didn’t work out doesn’t make her neurotoxic. That’s just not how *checks notes* science works NASEM…but we didn’t think we’d need to tell YOU that!
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Composite Stick No More
We’ve all been there, whether it’s a beautiful anterior Class IV or straight forward posterior Class I. You have the tooth ready to restore, acid etched, rinsed and dried *vigorously,* primed and bonded (air thinning, of course) and light curing for 20 seconds. You pick up that composite gun, dispense a big ‘ole glob, and put your plastic instrument on it to make some ‘noice’ anatomy. Except…then it sticks…and pulls…and ruins…EVERYTHING! Next time, before you put that plastic instrument on the composite, dip the tip of it in some extra bonding agent. Not only will this prevent it from sticking and pulling, but it also helps to better seal those margins.
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