Clove or clove oil are very well known in herbal medicine. Cloves are also used as spices for different cooking. Here we are going to talk about their properties in relieving toothache.
Before starting to talk about the beneficial of cloves and clove oil is important to understand that clove isn’t a cure for toothache it is just a tooth pain reliever and that you should see your dentist as soon as possible to treat the source of your pain.
What is it and what is it used for?
Clove is an herb that has been used in herbal medicine for years because it has different properties. It can be used as oil, dried fruit bud or leaves depending on the use.
Cloves are used as carmative to increase the production of hydrochloric acid in the stomach and to improve peristalsis for upset stomach.
They are also used as expectorants, making it easier to cough up phlegm.
Other uses for the digestive tract are: nausea,vomiting and intestinal gas.
Clove oil is used in aromatherapy for stimulation and warming. Using it topically over the abdomen warms the digestive tract.
It is also used as an aphrodisiac. It enhanced the sexual activity of mail rats without causing any adverse effect.
Dried fruit bud have anti-oxidant properties.
Clove oil has antimicrobial, anti fungal, and antiviral activity. The essential oil has also anti-inflammatory, citotossic, insect repellent and analgesic properties. The main constituents of clove oil, Eugenia caryophyllata, are phenylpropanoids (60- 90 %) primarily eugenol but also cinnamaldehyde, thymol and carvacrol. It contains 10 % of acetyleugenol and small quantities of gallic acid and other constituents like flavonoids, carbohydrates,lipids and vitamins.
The n-hexane is an extract of clove seeds and it was demonstrated that it has inhibitory activity against Streptococcus mutans which is the main pathogenic cause of dental caries. Results from different studies are suggesting that the clove oil and eugenol could be employed as an antibacterial and cariogenic agent for toothpastes, mouthwash etc.
Clove oil and toothache
Toothache causes are different. One of them is dental caries. 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 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. Lets say you can use it only while waiting to go to the dentist, its not a cure for whats causing you pain but only a natural toothache relief for mild pain.
Side effects of clove oil
Clove oil is potent , using it undiluted might cause burns on you gengiva, mucosa or skin. Dried clove bud can also cause sensitivity and irritation on your gums and mucosa also damages on dental tissue.
Excessive ingestion of clove oil can cause vomiting.
In children is not safe to take by mouth because it can cause seizures, liver damage and fluid imbalances.
In pregnant breast feeding women-Prior to is use is better to consult your physician. Still not enough is known for the safe doses to use.
If using blood-thinning medication – Consult with your doctor before using clove oil because the eugenol seems to slow blood clotting and it might cause excessive bleeding or incise the chances of bruising.
Clove oil uses as a natural tooth pain relief
Applying directly to the affected area– Clean the area as thoroughly as possible, removing any food participle and dental plaque. Mix 2 drops of pure clove oil with ¼ teaspoon of olive oil. Saturate a cotton ball with it and place directly to the cavity or in the affected area. If it is a molar that’s hurting , you can gently bite down the cotton ball as long as possible. You can also use whole cloves, place a couple of them near the affected area for several minutes until they soften than chew them with the tooth that’s hurting. This helps the essential oil to mix with saliva and numb the affected ares. If the pain begins to be unbearable you can dip a cotton swab directly into clove oil and apply to the sore tooth but careful not touching mucosa or your tongue with it as it might cause burning. Also you shouldn’t repeat it frequently.
Homemade mouth rinse- Put 10-12 dried clove bud in one- half cup of water for 10 minutes. After brushing your teeth rinse vigorously with this mouth wash for 30 sec. Use the remaining liquid for a second and a third rinse. This helps reducing bacteria, reducing pain , also leaves a refreshed breath.
Dried clove buds can be easily find in the grocery store and Clove oil can be found in pharmacies. You can also find clove oil online.
Remember cloves aren’t a cure for toothache, just a short term pain relief. You have to go to the dentist and receive professorial treatment.