Using Cloves to Relieve a Toothache

Sometimes you just can’t run to the dentist when you get a toothache.  Or, if you’re like me, you simply don’t want to go to the dentist.  Cloves are remarkable in helping relieve tooth pain, often for hours.  You can use the clove in any form, as long as it is fresh. Here are a few ways you can use cloves to relieve a toothache.

Chewing Whole Cloves

Place a whole clove near the tooth that is hurting. Bite down on it and chew it until you get a bitter taste and a tingling sensation.  Do not rinse your mouth for about 30 minutes.  The analgesic effect can last a couple of hours.

Clove Oil

There are many clove oil preparations in the marketplace.  Or, you can make your own.  Clove oil can be used in a couple of different ways. Always dilute the clove oil with a few drops of olive oil before using.  It  is very potent and can burn your mouth.

Put a few drops of clove oil on a cotton ball and insert near the painful tooth.  Press down on it until you feel the area is numbed. Another method is to take a cotton swab and soak the swab in the oil. Dab the swab around the problem tooth.  Repeat as necessary. There is a caution in using clove oil long term – prolonged use can deaden the nerve.  Clove oil is not recommended for babies.

Ground Cloves

Take a pinch of the powder and place it on the gum near the tooth that hurts.  As the saliva mixes with the cloves, that section of the mouth will go numb.

We hope you don’t have any toothaches.  But just in case, help is in your kitchen cupboard. For other natural alternatives to teeth care, read our article How To Avoid The Dentist Forever.