A toothache is an awful thing that sends a lot of people running straight to the dentist but unfortunately, they have a nasty habit of attacking in the night, thanks to changes in blood flow (or because you simply can’t make it to a dentist).
Either ways, cloves make an amazing (and cheap) home remedy for toothaches.
Long before we had the dental care we have today, dentists used cloves to aid pain because they contain eugenol, a potent anesthetic, and antiseptic that stops the pain in its tracks and fends off germs.
Eugenol remains popular and effective even now and is still used by dentists these days in a purified form that separates it from the essential oil.
Forms of Cloves for a Toothache
There are 3 forms in which you can use cloves to numb your aching nerve, Ground or powdered, whole cloves, or clove oil. A clove oil compress seems to work the great, especially if it’s too aching to put whole ones in your mouth.
This is something that a lot of individuals have in their kitchen. First, wash your mouth with warm salt water and rinse your hands.
Take a pinch of the ground cloves and rub it in between the gum that is sore and your cheek. Your spit does the trick. You just have to wait while it mixes with the powder and the pain should subside rather quickly.
Wash your mouth with warm salt water. Take 2 or 3 cloves and put them in your mouth as close to the sore area as possible, and wait a few minutes until they start to soften.
When they finally do get softer chew them lightly to release more of the oils, that’s if you’re not too sore.
Clove Oil Toothache Compress
Probably the best and most effective way to use clove to help your toothache is to make a compress.
You will need:
- Clove essential oil,
- Cotton balls,
- 1/2 teaspoon of olive oil and
- Cotton swabs (optional)
Wash your mouth with warm salt water to get it nicely flushed out. By doing this beforehand, you’re letting the oil to do its job the very best it can since there’s nothing to obstruct it or make it difficult to sink down into the sore spot.
Blend a few drops of clove essential oil with ½ teaspoon of olive oil. Thoroughly steep a cotton ball in this blend and then hold it gently but firmly against the sore tooth or gum.
If you want to take a shortcut, you could try putting some of the oil on a cotton swab and dab it directly where it aches, however, jabbing a cotton swab onto an aching tooth or gum may not be too comfortable.
Keep in mind that this is just an answer to the pain you’re experiencing and not something that will cure whatever is making your tooth hurt. Brushing and flossing frequently and eating less processed sugary/salty foods can help prevent toothaches in the long run as well.
Clove oil lessens pain and inflammation when you have a toothache, but a dental cavity is a systemic problem, and therefore clove is merely used to help with the symptoms of a toothache.
After the application clove oil, you may feel better, but the oil is only masking the symptoms of your problem.
You should pay a visit to the dentist as soon as you can. Most Toothaches are usually triggered by tooth decay, and the longer you delay before seeing a dentist, the worse the decay can become.