Tooth Pain Relief with Clove Oil

Clove oil for tooth pain

Tooth pain can be almost impossible to ignore, but the cure is usually hours if not days away. If you have been there, you know what I mean. When you have a really bad toothache, not much else seems to matter.

Of course, the solution to any serious problem with your teeth usually involves seeing a dentist. But while you are waiting for your appointment, how do you manage the pain and still keep your sanity?  In my opinion, clove oil is the best solution out there. 

Safe, Inexpensive, and Proven Pain Relief

Eugenol, the active ingredient in clove oil, has been shown to be just as strong of an analgesic as benzocaine, the pain-relieving agent in products like Anbesol and Orajel.

Eugenol is also what gives cloves their spicy pumpkin pie aroma, which is a million times nicer to have in your mouth than that nasty chemical benzocaine. At my local drugstore, clove oil is actually the least expensive toothache remedy. And among my friends, it's definitely a favorite.

How to Use Clove Oil for Tooth Pain

Clove oil is an essential oil that promotes a calm yet motivating energy. Most often it is sold in concentrated form and not properly diluted for soothing tooth pain.

The main risk with using clove oil full strength is skin irritation, especially if the oil makes contact with skin not protected by saliva. To avoid this irritation, mix the clove oil with a little olive oil or toothpaste.

Apply the mixture directly to the painful area. You can also soak a cotton ball and hold it in place or use a mini dental brush to reach a tender spot.

You'll Know When You Hit the Spot (or Miss)

You will notice significant numbing almost immediately, which can be annoying if you hit the wrong spot. It's very strong. But that is a small price to pay for what can seem like magical relief. The numbness will eventually wear off, and you can repeat the application as needed without any ill effects.

It's Antibacterial Too!

In some cases, clove oil will also promote healing. Its antibacterial properties can help eliminate the bacterial cause of swollen bleeding gums and tooth infection.  

There are many other uses for clove oil, including treating toenail fungus. But even if you just use clove oil for a sore mouth, it's a definitely a keeper.

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