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Can I Use Clove Oil for Toothache Pain?

You have a toothache. You’re wondering about clove oil, a home remedy that’s been around for a while. They say it numbs the area you put it on and decreases pain and tenderness. What is clove oil? Where can you find it? Is it safe? Here’s what we can tell you.

How Does It Work?

The clove is a plant that grows in Asia and South America. It is used in foods, beverages, toothpaste, soaps, cosmetics, and perfumes. It has also been used to relieve pain from a toothache. Clove oil contains the ingredient eugenol, a natural anaesthetic and antibacterial that helps reduce inflammation. A study completed by the British Association of Maxillofacial Surgeons, which involved 270 patients who had their third molars extracted, reported that the group using a eugenol-based paste experienced less pain, tenderness, and swelling than the groups using 0.2% chlorhexidine and the control groups.

Should I Use Clove Oil for a Toothache?

Dental professionals do not recommend using clove oil. If you are experiencing tooth pain, it can be a sign of an underlying condition, and you should reach out to your dental professional first to get a proper diagnosis.

If you’re interested in using clove oil to help relieve tooth pain, first consult with your dental professional. According to an article in Registered Dental Hygienist Magazine, clove oil does have antibacterial, antifungal, and pain-relief properties. However, it is not a cure, and the use of clove oil will depend on your individual needs and the other clinically proven methods you are already using in your treatment.

Is Clove Oil Safe?

According to Medline Plus, an online information service produced by the United States National Library of Medicine, clove oil is generally considered safe for adults. However, they do note that when applied to the gums, clove oil can cause damage both to the gums and to the tooth pulp. Keep in mind that clove oil can have an unpleasant taste and side effects if ingested, so it should only be used for older children who won't swallow any.

If you have a toothache and are looking for a natural solution, talk to your dental professional before trying clove oil or another natural remedy, as the appropriate dose and application can depend on your age, health, and other conditions. If you're experiencing any pain, reach out to your dental professional to develop a treatment plan. Whether or not clove oil is involved in your treatment, you're on your way to having a pain-free mouth and healthy smile by alerting your dentist.


The above information is provided for informational purposes only. Colgate does not accept any liability should the above recommendations have an outcome contrary to the intended result. Always seek the advice of a qualified doctor or dental professional. Do not disregard professional advice or delay seeking it because of something you have read in this article.

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