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In view of high availability and diversity of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) on Polish market it is important for orthodontists to be aware of NSAID effect on the range of orthodontic tooth movement as well as the risk of root resorption in the moved teeth and other adverse effects, which might occur within oral cavity. The disadvantages of NSAID non-selective inhibition of COX include common oral inflammatory conditions, gingival bleeding, and disturbances of salivary secretion. Both, the selective and non-selective COX inhibitors, meloxicam excluded, used to alleviate the pain of orthodontic tooth movement, impede the movement of teeth. Paracetamol, explicitly indicated by most authors as the safest NSAID, seems to be the drug of choice in view of no influence on the range of tooth movement, the risk of root resorption or other adverse effects within oral cavity.


Marta Krasny, Małgorzata Zadurska, Grzegorz Cessak, Piotr Fiedor. Analysis of effect of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs on teeth and oral tissues during orthodontic treatment. Report based on literature review. Acta poloniae pharmaceutica. 2013 May-Jun;70(3):573-7

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