The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine and the National Center for Health Statistics (part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) states that the use of complementary and alternative medicine is on the rise in the United States. About 38 percent of adults and 12 percent of children are now using some form of complementary and alternative medicine. One form of alternative medicine is the use of essential oils.
One of the oldest essential oils to be used in dentistry is clove oil. Used in dentistry for over a century, clove oil is a very effective antiseptic that is known to help relieve dental pain.
Do you have a toothache? According to the ADA, clove oil may alleviate tooth pain. The New York Times recently reviewed clove oil and found the essential oil has been shown to have analgesic and antibacterial properties—making it a useful tool in treating bacteria-caused toothaches.
It has a strong and sometimes unpleasant taste, and if large quantities are accidentally ingested, it too can have side effects. But it was widely used in dentistry before the advent of more commercial anesthetics, and research shows it works thanks to its active ingredient, eugenol, the same compound responsible for the plant’s aroma,” wrote columnist Anahad O’Connor.
In addition to treating toothaches, clove oil can be used in dentistry to treat pain from a dry socket. Several toothpastes, mouth wash and oral care medications contain clove oil as an important ingredient. Clove is rich in minerals such as calcium, hydrochloric acid, iron, phosphorus, sodium, potassium, and vitamin A and vitamin C. However, extended tooth or gum pain, particularly that which lasts over a long period of time, should be evaluated by a dentist.
Although natural, clove oil is known to be toxic in specific amounts, so people wishing to use the oil for dental pain should be cautious of the amount they are using at a time. People with bleeding disorders should not use clove oil, as it is known to cause increased bleeding. Also, oil of cloves is known to decrease blood glucose levels, so diabetics should use caution when considering the use of clove oil for dental pain.
How to Use Clove Oil for Tooth Pain
Place two to three drops of the oil in a clean, small container. Add 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon of olive oil. This mixture will prevent any soft tissue irritation that is common when using clove oil on its own. Soak a small piece of cotton in the oil mixture until it is saturated. Blot the cotton on a piece of tissue to remove the excess oil before placing the cotton in your mouth. Using a clean pair of tweezers, hold the cotton on the painful area for 10 seconds, making sure you do not swallow any of the oil. Once complete, rinse your mouth with saline solution. This step may be repeated two to three times daily.
Always see your dentist if the pain from a toothache persists. Clove oil should only be used as a temporary way to relieve pain from a toothache. Your best pain remedy is to see your dentist. If you are in the Indianapolis area and you have a toothache or dental pain, consider calling Dr. Reese, a holistic dentist at Indianapolis Dentistry. Dial 317-882-0228 and ask for an initial consultation.