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Care clove oil

Dr Tom Bracewell
Reviewed by Dr Tom BracewellReviewed on 13.10.2023 | 2 minutes read

Care clove oil is used for the temporary relief of a toothache. Historically, cloves were inserted in the affected cavity. The person would then chew on it to release the oil. Care clove oil is the extracted, concentrated product from the spice. Not only does clove oil have anaesthetic properties, but it also has slight antibacterial properties.

Who is it for?

Clove oil is for the temporary relief of toothaches. It can be applied to the tooth cavity directly via cotton wool. It is suitable to be used on adults and children over 2 years old. This natural ingredient is suitable to take with most medications and is a great add-on therapy for people taking anti-inflammatories and paracetamol, who are still experiencing breakthrough pain.

How does it work?

Although the exact mechanism of clove oil is unknown it is suggested that it works by stopping the body from producing pain responses. Therefore, once applied it numbs the area by stopping the pain signals to the brain. It also has anti-inflammatory, antipyretic, and antibacterial properties.

Should anybody not take it?

Do not use on children under the age of 2 years old. It is also not suitable for anyone who is allergic to eugenol. Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using if your blood does not clot readily. Speak to your doctor before using if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, or if you have diseased or damaged gums.

Are there any side effects?

Clove oil is naturally unpleasant to taste. Generally speaking, most people do not experience any side effects if used correctly. The most common side effect is irritation at the site of application. Avoid swallowing clove oil. If ingested you may experience difficulty breathing, a burning sensation in your nose and throat, an upset stomach, or diarrhoea.

Occasionally, some people experience a severe allergic reaction to the medication. If this is the case, get in contact with the emergency services.

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Dr Tom Bracewell
Reviewed by Dr Tom Bracewell
Reviewed on 13.10.2023