Clove Oil for Dental/ Gum Pain; Natural Antiseptic, Antibacterial
I recently read on a holistic dentist’s web site that clove oil can be used very effectively as a natural remedy for toothache or gum pain. He stated that prior to the advancements in modern dentistry, it was clove oil that dentists used for numbing during dental procedures – I’ve tried it on a sore gum, its actually very effective.
However, the holistic dentist I refer to also stated that clove oil doesn’t merely numb the pain, it actually works on the root of the problem (no pun intended), and depending on the exact extent of your problem, sometimes clove oil on its own will take care of the issue, due to its antiseptic, anti-bacterial properties.
Here is an excellent excerpt about clove oil for dental or gum pain.
“Toothache causes are different. One of them is dental cavities. This means that a cavity is created by bacteria inside your tooth which causes pain. As we said earlier clove essential oil has antiseptic activity and helps reduce the quantity of bacteria that is causing you pain. Eugenol, the principal constituent of clove oil, has also anesthetic properties that will numb the area and help you with pain but (possibly) only for short term. Another frequent cause of toothache is periodontitis or infection of your gums and periodontal tissue. Also in this case clove oil helps with his antiseptic and anesthetic properties. But you have to be careful as it can also have side effects”. – Source
Some recommend that you use it for relief only while waiting to get to the dentist, but its not a cure; just a natural toothache relief for mild pain.
I would say, based on my personal experience, that this may quite likely depend on exactly what the nature and extent of your problem is. I have found clove oil quite effective (as my husband has as well), for ridding the problem on more of a lasting basis. I believe that it because of it’s antiseptic and anti-acterial properties. But again, it all depends on the specifics of the particular situation.
“Clove oil is good for tooth or gum pain. It also can be used to soak retainers, denture and toothbrushes overnight to clear bacteria – use just two drops with water level just to cover.”
Below are some search results I’ve captured and recorded here for the purposes of continued research. Some of these look very interesting for further reading.
Clove oil – medicines and drugs – NHS ChoicesThis medicine is a traditional remedy that temporarily relieves toothache that has been caused by a dental cavity. Clove oil has a local anaesthetic effect and …
Used in dentistry for over a century, clove oil is a very effective antiseptic that is known to help relieve dental pain.
Bacteria in the mouth can form plaques that stick to teeth and form acids that eat through … Clove oil contains eugenol, a natural pain killer and antibacterial.
If you have an achy tooth or gum and your dentist’s first opening is in a week or two, a dab of clove oil can offer some temporary relief while …
The most important and common use of clove oil is in dental care. Several toothpastes, mouth wash and oral care medications contain clove oil as an important …
Oil of clove, also known as clove oil, is an essential oil extracted from the clove … over the counter as a home remedy for dental pain relief, mainly toothache.