Yes… clove essential oil is known to be one of the best oils for teeth, and today I’m gonna tell you why, what it does, and how to use it.
Clove oil is from the clove plant (Syzgium Aromaticum), and its primary component is known as eugenol. It’s been traditionally used as a pain reliever for mouth pain, and works very similarly to benzocaine which is the active ingredient in products like Orajel. In fact… the NY Times reported that clove oil did just as well as benzocaine in a 2006 study comparing the two on their pain relieving properties.
A lot of parents don’t like using products with benzocaine because it’s been known to cause allergic reactions and have some side effects associated with it in some cases. So let’s face it. If you’re like me, when it comes to your kids and when there’s an alternative, you prefer to use anything that’s natural over something that’s synthetic any day.
Here’s where clove oil can come into play.
You can use clove oil for any pain in your mouth. It also has antibacterial properties so it’s great in mouth rinse or to use with anything that could get infected or is already infected due to bacteria.
It’s commonly used for toothaches among adults, but when it comes to kids most people use it with teething babies to help numb the gum. Most kids don’t have too many dental issues like adults may have, but it’s a great oil to keep on hand when your little ones start getting their teeth.
One word of caution. This oil is strong. Keep it out of reach from your children because it’s known to cause respiratory and liver problems if ingested in large amounts, and if you’re going to use it on your baby or child… be sure to dilute it well because it can burn them. Again… just because something is natural doesn’t mean it can’t hurt you. Use this oil wisely.
Below is a simple recipe for a teething oil to keep on hand when your kiddo (or you) needs it.
How To Make Teething Oil
All you have to do is mix 1 drop of clove essential oil into 1 tsp. of oil, mix it well and take a q-tip dipped in your oil and rub it on baby’s gums. This is a 1% dilution. Repeat as needed to numb the gums and provide relief.
It’s never recommended to use more than that amount on children under 2 years old when using clove oil, and keep in mind that there are also other methods of relieving teething pain. CLICK HERE to see 6 Pinterest finds for teething.
On a side note… if you’re not comfortable making your own teething oil for your baby, check out your local health food store. The almost always carry a natural product for teething babies with clove oil in it. Here’s a great one by Herbs for Kids called Gum-omile. You can get it on Amazon if you’re like me and like to shop online! I love Amazon!
And don’t forget… whether you make your own or you buy it… always test it on yourself before giving it to your child!
Have you used clove oil for any dental issues or mouth pain before? If so, how’d it go? Share your experience with me in the comments below!