Using Clove Essential Oil for Toothache and Gum Disease

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4 Tips on How to Use Clove Essential Oil for Toothache and Gum Disease!

Using clove essential oil for toothache and gum disease really works! Yes, I know because I use it.

Clove Essential Oil for Toothache and Gum DiseaseEven though I don’t have cavities and only experience toothache once in a while, I have been battling with gum disease on and off since my childhood days.

It really got worse as I grew older! Fortunately, I recently discovered that oil pulling with coconut oil and a few drops of clove oil really gives me relief.

However, this article will focus on different ways you can use clove bud oil for tooth pain and gum disease.

Cloves are most commonly found in a variety of cuisines. However, they are also used in herbal medicines. Cloves make gingerbread and pickles delicious. They add the warmth to chai and other mulled drinks.

But their spicy nature makes them useful for a host of other reasons as well.

The Origin of Clove

You buy them at the grocery store, but do you know anything about them? Apparently, the clove tree, an evergreen, is a native of Indonesia.

Crimson flowers sprout from the tree amidst its large oval shaped leaves. The buds for these flowers are harvested and dried. They become the cloves you purchase at the grocery stores.

In truth, 80% of the cloves, worldwide, are produced in Indonesia. However, there are other countries known to produce the spice as well.

These include: Madagascar, Zanzibar, Pakistan, Tanzania, Sri Lanka, and India.

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Clove’s Medicinal Value

Eugenol is the very strong anesthetic chemical found within the clove. It’s not just an anesthetic, but it’s also an antiseptic.

This allows for a nerve numbing, pain stopping, infection and germ killing powerhouse. Though eugenol can be found in other places, cloves are 20 times as rich in it.

This is why people often suggest cloves for tooth pain.

Related Reading: 10 Clove Essential Oil Benefits and Uses

How to Use Essential Oil for Toothache and Gum Disease

How to Use Clove Bud Oil for Toothache

Cloves come in three different forms: oil, whole, and powdered (or ground). Any of these forms will be useful for you when dealing with tooth pain and gum disease.

However, we are going to focus on how to use the clove oil for toothache and gum disease. So here are 4 different ways you can use clove oil for oral health:

(1) One of the ways to use clove oil for toothache is topical application. Dip a cotton swab in the oil (diluted) and rub that, gently, on the painful area.

If the pain is caused by an exposed nerve this method is particularly beneficial.

(2) Of course, you can also make a compress with the clove oil. First rinse your mouth with salt water. Then, mix 1 teaspoon of virgin olive oil with 1-2 drops of clove oil. Soak a cotton ball in it and hold it on the problematic tooth.

(3) Another way to use clove essential oil for toothache and gum disease is oil pulling.  Add 2-3 drops of clove oil to 1 tbs of virgin coconut oil (this is my favorite). Swish your mouth with the mixture for about 20 minutes and spit out. This is one of the best ways to use clove oil for swollen gums.

Make sure you don’t swallow it because it contains all the nasty bacteria that cause tooth decay and gum disease.

(4) You can make your own homemade mouth wash with clove oil. Add 3 drops of clove oil and 1/2 tsp of sea salt to 4 oz of water. Use the mixture to rinse your mouth after normal brushing.

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How to Dilute Clove Oil for Toothache and Gum Infection

Add 2-3 drops of clove oil to 1 tbs of carrier oil. Always remember that with essential oils, less is better especially with a very hot oil like clove.

Use Clove Bud Essential Oil for Toothache and Gum Disease with Caution

Clove oil should be used with caution. Though it has been determined, by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), to be generally regarded as safe, it can still cause burns.

Children younger than two should never take it orally or topically. Also, anyone who’s pregnant, diabetic, or taking blood thinners should seek advice from their healthcare providers before utilizing clove for any purpose beyond seasoning.

Another thing to bear in mind is that clove ol is very hot and should not be used topically without dilution. This is because using it topically without dilution can cause burns.

In fact it is recommended to always dilute essential oils before applying them topically.

Read how to dilute essential oils for topical use here.

Holistic Approach to Oral Health

We are all about providing you with the necessary information on natural remedies that may be of help to you.

However, we also recognize that in some instances professional help is absolutely necessary.

Truth is, the well-being of your teeth and gums is directly related to other areas of your health.

Pain in your teeth and gums can be caused by infection, cracked teeth, cavities, and abscesses and other problems that may require the assistance of a dental professional.

So it is important to note that using clove essential oil for toothache and gum disease should not replace normal oral hygiene or regular dental check up.

Rather they should all be combined together in a holistic manner to help boost your over-all oral health.

Now that you know how to use clove bud oil for toothache and gum diseases, we will love to hear how it works for you! So feel free to come back and share your results with us using the comment section below.

Related Reading: Best Essential Oils for Gum Disease and Oral Health


This article is for educational purpose only and does not intend to diagnose or treat any disease.

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