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Clove Oil for Toothaches

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Brittany Danielson

on 25 September 2012

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-Used as an ingredient in baking, perfumes, small cigars, mouthwash, and toothpaste.

-Cloves and clove oil were reportedly used in Chinese medicine as early as 600 AD.

-Has long been a part of various folk medicine traditions

-Used by dentists, who swabbed it inside patients’ mouths to lessen the pain of anesthetic injections.

-People apply it inside the mouth to help toothaches. Clove Oil Clove Oil vs. Orajel for Toothaches Where to Find/Prepare
the Home Remedy -Derivative of the clove plant (S. aromaticum)

Found mainly in Indonesia and Madagascar.
Oil is found in the twigs, leaves, and flowers.
Once extracted from the plant, clove oil is diluted with olive or sesame oil. How is This
Remedy Used? -go to a local drug store and search for clove oil in the essential oil section

-dab a small amount of clove oil onto a cotton swab

-gently rub affected area in your mouth with the cotton swab

-can also cure nausea, vomiting, improve digestion, fight intestinal parasites, ease arthritis inflammation, and help with migraine headaches.

-There is a natural compound in cloves called Eugenol, which is considered to be a powerful, natural anesthetic. What Does the
Remedy Claim to “Cure”? Toothache
Insecticidal Scientific Evidence
Supporting Clove Oil “In a study published in The Journal of Dentistry in 2006, for example, a team of dentists
recruited 73 adult volunteers and randomly split them into groups that had one of four substances applied to the gums just above the maxillary canine teeth: a clove gel, benzocaine, a placebo resembling the clove gel, or a placebo resembling benzocaine. Then, after five minutes, they compared what happened when the subjects received two needle sticks in those areas. Not surprisingly, the placebos failed to numb the tissue against the pain, but the clove and benzocaine applications numbed the tissue equally well.” Potential Dangers
of the Remedy Can cause burning and damage to the skin, resulting in numbness if not used in moderation. It should therefore, be used in a lower concentration by diluting it.

Some people can also be allergic to clove oil, and should check with their doctor, or test a small amount before use.

Can cause blood thinning and care should be taken to avoid/minimize ingestion. It can also affect blood sugar levels. Pathophysiology of a Toothache
Being Treated by Clove Oil: -Clove oil releases a numbing effect on the nerves below the tooth, thus giving long lasting pain relief.

-Also useful to clean the digestive tract
Eliminates parasitic bacteria that is harmful
Lowers possibility of future toothaches.

-Functions as a stimulant:
increases metabolic activity.
Result: more energy, improved blood circulation, and better gum health.

-Side effects include: bad taste or a bit of stinging when it’s first applied to the affected area.
May cause a bit of irritation to the skin around the mouth--THIS IS VERY RARE.

-To prevent side effects: use in small amounts.
Large amounts will do no more than what the small amounts can do. What Causes the Illness and
What Part of the Body is Affected? Toothache (aka Odontalgia), can be caused
by many factors:

-dental cavities, abscesses, or infections,
affecting the dental part of the body.

-toothache occurs from inflammation of the
central portion of the tooth called pulp

-pulp contains nerve endings that are very
sensitive to pain.

-may also be indicative of earache, sinusitis,
jaw injuries or even a heart attack. -Orajel contains a topical anesthetic called benzocaine.

-Many people experience an allergic reaction to this medication the first time they use it.

-Orajel works in a similar manner to Novocaine at a dentist's office, but it is not injected. Burnett, B. (2009). Warm and invigorating cloves. Alive, 40.

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