Clove is a very common ingredient that is found in every Indian household. It is not only used in the culinary industry because of its strong aromatic taste but it is also used as a home remedy to various problems because of its medicinal property. The most common application of cloves is as a mouth freshener.
Clove oil can be made at home by isolating the mixture of cloves and olive oil in a dark, sanitized jar for 14 days and later straining it using a cheesecloth.
Clove oil is found to have many oral benefits along with various health benefits that help in treating various issues faced by us on a day to day basis. It is an organic and natural alternative to various health problems.
Uses Of Clove Oil For Healthy Teeth
Clove oil is found to have many benefits for maintaining and improving oral health. Some of the many benefits of clove oil are as follows:
1. Soothes Tooth Aches
Clove oil for tooth pain is one of the various advantages of clove oil for maintaining oral health and hygiene. Eugenol present in clove oil helps in the treatment of toothaches. It acts as an anaesthetic agent that helps in getting relief from pain as it has a numbing effect. Clove oil also has antifungal, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties that help in its treatment.
How To Use
- Take clove oil in a cotton swab and use it to apply on the affected area of the gums.
2. Treat Mouth Ulcers
Mouth ulcers also known as canker sores are formed at the mucous membrane of our mouths and can be caused due to various reasons ranging from accidental biting to stress and hormonal changes. Mouth ulcers can be treated by using clove oil. It can be either applied directly on the problem area or can be used in the form of a mouthwash.
How To Use
- Rinse your mouth with saltwater.
- Mix half a teaspoon of olive oil with 4 to 5 drops of clove oil and soak this in a cotton ball.
- Keep this cotton ball directly on the ulcer for about 10 minutes to get relief from pain.
3. A Mouth Freshener
Cloves are being used as a mouth freshener since ancient times. Crushing cloves in between your teeth is the most common way of warding off bad breath. Clove essential oil can also be used for curing bad breath as it has antimicrobial properties that can kill bacteria that cause bad breath and can also lead to various digestive problems.
How To Use
- Add a few drops of clove oil in a glass of water and gargle.
4. Fights Cavities
Cavities are formed due to tooth decay and can lead to the formation of holes in the teeth that are due to improper dental hygiene and an improper diet that can add to this problem. Cavities may not cause pain during the early stages but it can cause lots of problems later and its treatment is important.
Clove oil helps in treating cavities. It can alleviate pains and can also prevent the spreading of the cavity by controlling it. It also helps in repairing gums and other tissues and cleanses the cavity thoroughly.
How To Use
- Take 2 to 3 drops of clove oil in a cotton ball and hold it on the tooth having a cavity.
- Keep it for about 15 minutes until the pain is lessened.
5. Clove Oil For Gums
Apart from the uses of clove oil on teeth, it is also very helpful in maintaining and improving gum health. Many bacteria present in our mouth can lead to various gum diseases. Clove oil provides some protection to the gums thus preventing various gum problems. These gum problems apart from causing pain, it can also lead to various other oral problems so their treatment is very important.
How To Use
- Take a few drops of clove oil in a cotton ball and use it to apply on your gums.
How To Use Clove Oil For Toothache
There are various factors that can cause toothaches like tooth decay, tooth pulp inflammation, cracked tooth, a gum disease, a dental abscess etc. Clove oil has anaesthetic properties that help in providing a numbing effect thus reducing tooth pain. Clove oil can be either applied directly as explained above or can be used in the form of a mouthwash. How to use clove oil for tooth pain in the form of mouthwash can be explained below.
You Will Need
- 1 or 2 cups of filtered water
- cinnamon oil, clove oil
- peppermint essential oil
- calcium-magnesium citrate powder.
- Take a glass jar and take filtered water in it.
- Add about 3 drops of clove oil and 1 drop each of cinnamon oil and peppermint oil to the water.
- If possible, add a pinch of calcium-magnesium citrate powder to the solution and shake it well.
- Use this solution as a mouthwash and do not drink it.
Side Effects Of Clove Oil
Clove oil is what we call a ‘hot oil’ and can often cause mouth irritations, swollen and bleeding gums. It can also cause various allergic reactions. If ingested it can also cause irritation in the inner lining of the stomach and can cause muscle pain, weakness, nausea and can lead to uneven heart rate and dizziness. It can also cause sore throat, fever, chills and can cause liver problems. These are some of the clove oil for toothache side effects.
Precautions To Be Taken
During pregnancy, it is not advisable to use clove oil as a medicine for treating various problems but it can be used as a flavouring agent in food. Also, its application should be limited at the stage of breastfeeding a baby.
Also, it can cause serious health problems to children and therefore, it should not be given to the children. It can cause side-effects like seizures, fluid imbalances and liver problems in children.
When To Consult The Dentist?
Repeated use of clove oil in the mouth can cause side effects that can damage gums, tooth pulp, the mucous membrane of the mouth and skin of the mouth. Clove oil can also lead to allergic reactions. A dentist should be consulted when these side effects occur. Also, a prescription should be taken to prevent overdosage.
From Where To Buy Clove Oil?
Clove oil can be bought very conveniently from online stores. It can also be bought from supermarkets, health food stores, and even drug stores.
Written By - Mehdia Fatima
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