Do you have a cavity, tender gums or a budding wisdom tooth? If you’re suffering from tooth pain or having issues with your gums, using clove may alleviate your symptoms and assist healing.
Before I go any further, let me say that you should always see a dentist if it is at all possible. While using clove can relieve pain and assist healing, it is not a replacement for proper dental care. Clove can be a great way to relieve pain until you can get to an appointment, and it can help while you save up to see a dentist, but get to one as soon as you can. Tooth and gum problems can lead to a host of other health issues and should be properly addressed as quickly as possible.
The reason clove is helpful to oral pain and disease is because it is an antiseptic, antifungal, antibacterial and anesthetic. Over the centuries clove was often used for pain relief and infection control during oral procedures. Clove has a numbing affect that eases pain, and it’s other properties can help prevent or even reverse infection or soreness.
Whether you use already ground clove or grind your own is really a personal choice. Already ground clove has the benefit of being ready to use, but it can also dry up and lose potency if not stored properly. Grinding your own requires a spice grinder or a mortar and pestle with some elbow grease, but it can provide a more potent product. I have used both and find that they have nearly the same effectiveness, with the freshly ground working just a little bit faster. Do not try to use whole cloves, they will be sharp and can cause mouth injury.
One way to use clove for your tooth and gum issues is to put some into a coffee filter and hold it in your mouth. Cut a coffee filter into a 2 x 2 inch square, and place your clove in the center. Fold over one side then the other, then fold in the ends, making a tiny package. Tie the package with some clean thread using several tight knots, then snip off the thread. Don’t use a bow, it can come undone or catch on your teeth. Place the package between your cheek and gums in the affected area. Hold for as long as possible. As your saliva wets the package and the clove permeates, it will have a numbing affect on the area.
Another way to use clove to aid with sore gums and aching teeth is to combine it with chewing gum. Select a chewing gum that is sugar free and has a flavor you enjoy. I suggest fruit flavors as they seem to go better with clove than minty flavors. Place the gum in your mouth and chew for a few seconds. Flatten the gum with your teeth and remove it from your mouth. Put about 1/8 tsp. Of clove onto the gum and place back in your mouth. If you have localized pain, place the gum directly onto the affected area with the clove on the aching spot. If you have general pain or soreness, chew the gum as you normally would.
It is also possible to use clove oil for tooth pain and sore gums, by rubbing the oil directly on the affected area. I have never tried this method and cannot attest to its effectiveness, but many people swear by this method. Personally, I find the chewing gum method to be the best. I have used both normal chewing and packing the chewing gum and clove against an aching tooth. While the coffee filter method is effective, I found it to feel too odd for ly liking.
As with any herb, do not assume that it’s safe simply because it is natural. If you’ve had clove in food before, you’ll probably be fine, but there are some people that can have allergic reactions to clove. Clove, in large doses, can cause sore throat, nausea and increased risk of bleeding. Use with care and if possible, consult a natural health care provider first.