Clove oil as a cure for toothache

Published March 2, 2018

When you have a toothache, the excruciating discomfort can seem never-ending and leave you desperate for a cure. With the high cost of dentistry, it can be tempting to turn to all manner of home remedies to find some relief.

One of the most well-known home remedies for a toothache is clove oil, and many people swear by it to treat tooth pain at home. But is it reliable? Does clove oil work for toothaches?

A natural anesthetic

Clove oil is widely known for having pain-killing properties, and this is all thanks to an ingredient called eugenol. This active ingredient works by numbing the pain in the tooth and surrounding areas when applied topically. Fortunately, it also has anti-inflammatory properties as well, which can help to bring down any inflammation around your teeth and gums.

Easy to apply

In the olden days, it was common to push a whole clove directly into your teeth. Alternatively, people used to grind them up with a pestle and mortar and rub the gritty results into their teeth and gums. That sounds rather unappealing, doesn’t it? Thankfully, nowadays clove oil is readily available and is much easier (and more pleasant) to apply when you’re suffering from a toothache. However, please don’t apply pure clove oil to your teeth! Instead, mix a few drops of the clove oil to a teaspoon of another oil. Olive oil, coconut oil, or any other mild-flavored domestic cooking oil will work perfectly. You can then use cotton wool to apply this directly to the site of pain, whenever you need it.

A temporary measure

While clove oil has been shown to provide effective pain relief, it won’t treat the root cause of your toothache. If your tooth is cracked or broken, it is likely that you will need a stronger form of painkiller bought at a pharmacy until you can get it fixed. Pain caused by cavities may be alleviated by clove oil, but ultimately the cavity will continue to get worse unless it is treated with fillings by a dentist. Most importantly, pain caused by a gum infection or abscess should always be assessed and treated by a qualified dentist, as these can cause a risk to your health if left unchecked. However, while you are waiting, clove oil may well be a useful way of making the pain more bearable.

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