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3 Ways to Use Clove Oil for Toothache

Toothache is annoying. At times it is debilitating. What do you do to get immediate tooth pain relief before you reach out to your dentist? If it is night, then you have to wait until morning when dentist is accessible. That is when you think of home remedies and clove oil comes in handy for your toothache.

Cloves and clove oil have been used around the globe as a temporary relief mechanism to alleviate tooth pain. No wonder it works well, because it has an active ingredient with a powerful anesthetic and antiseptic properties called eugenol.

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How Clove Oil Treats Tooth Pain ?

Due to its anesthetic properties the clove oil numbs the nerve under the aching tooth. The pain signal to the brain is stopped and you feel relieved. Since the essential clove oil also possess antiseptic antibacterial capabilities, it cleans the bacteria from around the tooth. In less severe infection, a few applications of clove oil can not only give you relief but also can cure your tooth pain. However, in most cases when the infection is severe clove oil for toothache is just an immediate measure, you will need a dentist help for permanent solution.


Everyone may not find use of clove oil comfortable. It has a strong aroma, which come from the same component eugenol, that is responsible for reducing your tooth pain. Some people can't stand the smell and even taste of clove oil.

You have to be aware (but not be concerned about it all if clove oil is applied carefully) that it can cause liver and respiratory problems, if ingested in large quantities.

How to Use Clove for Toothache?

Clove can be applied in 3 different ways with varying degree of toothache relief.

1. Apply Clove Powder

Make a powder of 5-6 cloves. Put it on a cotton swab and immediately apply on the gums of the aching tooth between the tooth and the inner side of your cheek. Keep the cotton also there to ensure that the clove powder stays at the same place. The oil that is released due to grinding process of making powder will do its job of numbing the nerve and give you pain relief.

2. Chew Clove

Chewing clove will release the essential clove oil to do its job of numbing the pain nerve. Take a clove or couple of cloves and chew them slowly with the aching tooth.

3. Apply Clove Oil

This is the most effective way of dealing with a toothache. You can use a cotton swab or just q-tip to apply clove oil on the aching tooth. Dip one end of q-tip in clove oil and apply on the tooth and the gum. If the pain is severe, then use a cotton swab. Put a dozen drops of clove oil on a small cotton swab, dab it on the gum and keep it between the aching tooth inside the cheek. The clove oil will stay there longer, giving its full anesthetic benefits to numb the never and give you a toothache relief.

Other Tips and Precautions

  • Brush your teeth regularly with good toothpaste
  • Floss your teeth to remove any trapped food particles
  • Use clove oil or any other remedy to get rid of pain before visiting your dentist
  • Avoid refined sugar
  • Eat more calcium rich foods to kel your teeth strong

Clove and clove oils are cost effective ways of temporary pain relief. Clove oil is easily available in most pharmacies and in some grocery stores.