How to Use Clove Oil for Toothache

Jan 23, 2010Updated 8 months ago

Aching Toothache
“The clove tree will not grow except within sight of the mountains and within smell of the sea.”

- Zanzibar saying.

Indigenous to the celebrated Spice Islands of Maluku, the clove bud oil is renown in Aruyvedic healing as a high-powered antimicrobial, antifungal, antiseptic, and antiviral herb. Oil of cloves dental treatment is a commonly used home remedy and clinical trials as well as anecdotal evidence support this usage.

According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reports clove oil is a GRAS (generally recognized as safe) substance. The National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health (NLM/NIH) list oil of cloves dental treatment as Grade B: “good scientific evidence for this use” in regard to its use for toothache pain.

Tooth Pain Relief and Clove Oil

What makes clove oil so effective at numbing severe tooth pain? Eugenol, the pharmacologically active ingredient of clove essential oil, is a natural anesthetic. It is the main ingredient in zinc-oxide eugenol paste, which is used for filling dental cavities. Clove oil uses such as manufacturing dental products like zinc-oxide eugenol paste (dental filling), mouthwashes, and oral rinses are popular. Using clove oil topically is recommended as a treatment for toothaches and mouth pain.

Clove Oil Uses for Treating Toothache

Follow these four simple steps to learn how to use clove oil to treat toothache pain. Topically applied oil of clove is a powerful painkiller, so relief should be felt in a matter of minutes.

  1. Rinse mouth and infected tooth scrupulously with a mild saline solution. Gently, dental floss around the space to extract any entrapped foodstuffs; next, rinse again.
  2. Drop one to three drops of clove oil directly on the tooth or cavity. Clove oil is lethal if consumed in large quantities, so do not swallow any.
  3. Keep the clove essential oil away from the gum line and tongue because it causes a stinging sensation.
  4. If severe tooth pain is produced by a cavity or tooth injury, saturate sterile gauze in clove oil and pack into the hole. Avoid getting the oil of cloves in direct contact with the gums.
Remember, pain is a signal that something is wrong. Oil of cloves dental treatment is a good emergency solution, but you should consult with a dentist if pain persists or worsens.

Using Clove Oil Safely

While using clove oil toothache remedies is generally safe and an effective dental pain relief treatment, there are some groups of people who should avoid it.

  • Children under the age of two and diabetics should not use clove oil, unless recommended by a health care professional or dentist.
  • People using blood thinners like Coumadin or Plavix should not use clove essential oil because it is also a blood thinner.
  • Pregnant women should only use clove oils with a approval from a health care professional.

Oil of Clove and Tooth Pain

Clove oil uses for for tooth pain relief are reliable and well-documented. Severe persistent toothache or gum pain should be evaluated by a professional. Learning how to use clove oil for toothache pain is a good basic first aid skill.

The information provided in this article is not intended to substitute for medical advice from a health care or dental professional. It should not be used for diagnosing or treating health problems.