Clove Oil For Dental Pain: Does It Work? | How To Treat Clove Oil Burns In Mouth?

Dental pain is uniquely irritating. They’re painful, and going to a dentist for immediate attention can be inconvenient. You can use over-the-counter pain relievers, but natural remedies are also available to treat dental pain.

One of these natural remedies is clove oil. For ages, clove oil has been used as pain relief. Clove oil contains an active ingredient that numbs the toothache and provides temporary relief from toothache or dental pain.

Today, rather than ground cloves, we use clove oil. Clove oil is the concentrated product from the plant. Read further for guidance on using clove oil.

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Benefits of essential clove oil

Clove oil has been used for various purposes, including:

  • Clove oil helps to kill bacteria, as an antimicrobial.
  • As a pain reliever for situations such as dental pain and muscle pain.
  • For indigestion.
  • To relieve respiratory conditions like asthma and cough

How to use clove oil for dental pain?

If you are using clove oil for the first time, You’ll need:

  • A bottle of clove oil or powder
  • A cotton ball or cotton swab
  • Carrier oil
  • A small bowl or dish


  • Collect all the ingredients.
  • Take few drops of clove oil mix it with one tablespoon of olive or coconut oil.
  • Soak a cotton ball into the oil.
  • Place the cotton ball over the area that is bothering you.
  • Let the oil sit for 5-10 minutes before it starts working.
  • Reapply every 2-3 hours for effective results.

You can use clove oil mixed with coconut oil instead of olive in your mouth. Again, place the oil in the affected area over the tooth to avoid numbing your whole mouth.

You can also use clove powder, but clove oil is more effective.

You can also use a paste by grinding fresh whole cloves and mixing them with oil. However, this is less effective than using concentrated clove oil.

How long does clove oil last for a toothache?

Clove oil takes 5 to 10 minutes before it starts working. After that, you have to reapply every 2 to 3 hours for effective pain relief.

What does the research say about clove oil?

Clove oil contains the active ingredient named eugenol, which is a natural painkiller. It helps to numb and reduce pain to ease dental pain. It also has natural anti-inflammatory properties. In addition, it also helps to reduce swelling and irritation in the affected area. 

According to some studies, those who used the eugenol-based paste also had better-wound healing than those who worked on the other treatment or no treatment at all.

Also, some studies have found that the clove gel reduces pain significantly. In addition, the clove gel is as effective as benzocaine(painkiller for toothache).

Side effects

Clove oil is naturally offensive to taste. Using clove oil can lead to some side effects, including:

  • Breathing problems
  • Burning in your mouth, nose, or throat
  • Stomach upset
  • Diarrhea

While clove oil is widely used as an acceptable treatment for dental pain, it’s not widely supported by medical doctors. Ask your dentist before using clove oil as toothache relief.

How to treat clove oil burns in the mouth?

Using clove oil on the tooth or the gum can sometimes cause damage to the gums, tooth pulp, skin, and mucous membranes. In addition, applying clove oil directly to the toothache can sometimes cause burning and irritation.

Home remedies to ease the side effects of clove oil:

  1. Numbing gel. A numbing dental gel can helps reduce burning feelings in the gums and dull the pain.
  2. Ibuprofen – Ibuprofen is an over-the-counter pain relief medication that helps reduce inflammation.
  3. Ice pack
  4. Saltwater rinse
  5. Teabags


Clove oil is great for temporary pain relief. For example, clove oil is powerful enough to ease pain from a sore tooth. However, if your pain results in a complicated dental issue, like a cavity or broken tooth, call your dentist and schedule an appointment.

Do let me know what other homemade tips you follow for dental care, Share your tips in the comment below!

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