using herbs & essential oils

The Best Essential Oil For Teeth

January 29, 2013

The Best Essential Oil for Teeth | | This is one of the best EOs for mouths. From pain relief to decreasing bacteria, find out more here!

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. You can read my hesitations on using clove oil for teething babies here, but when it comes to using this oil for older kids, the best way would be to add a drop or two to homemade toothpaste or kid friendly mouthwash. Most kids don’t have too many dental issues like adults may have, but it’s a great oil to keep on hand for keeping mouths healthy for the whole family.

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. Also keep in mind that clove oil is not recommended for use in children under 2 unless diluted at a .25% dilution, and in my opinion it doesn’t work as well at that dilution rate for an actual teething oil.

Where to get clove oil?

Here are the brands I recommend when using it for the mouth – Mountain Rose Herbs Clove Oil, Eden’s Garden Clove Oil, or Young Living Clove Oil.

If you’re looking for a natural teething aid for a younger child, a chamomile tincture or a baltic amber necklace are good options. You can also check out your local health food store for natural products for teething babies. 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!

The Best Essential Oil for Teeth | | This is one of the best EOs for mouths. From pain relief to decreasing bacteria, find out more here!

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!

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  • Reply Alexandra January 29, 2013 at 7:08 PM

    Love this post – thanks, Meagan!!

    • Reply Meagan January 29, 2013 at 10:25 PM

      Great! Have you ever tried this with your kiddos Alex? I know you know about oils!

  • Reply K June 25, 2013 at 10:04 PM

    I used clove oil on myself after my recent tooth extraction when I didn’t want to use a high dosage of pain reliever and wanted to decrease my risk of infection. It has been 10 days, and so far, so good! It felt a lot like benzocaine on my gum.

    • Reply Meagan June 25, 2013 at 10:13 PM

      Thanks for sharing! I read a medical study once where they compared it to benzocaine and it held it’s own against it! Good to know!

  • Reply Erica @ Mr and Mrs G Grow Veggies June 26, 2013 at 12:01 PM

    I have been using a blend of oils on my baby that has clove oil that works fairly well, but I would like to make my own. I see that you use essential oil with a carrier oil. Could I just make clove oil by soaking cloves in olive oil for a long time and avoid the need to dilute it?

    • Reply Meagan June 26, 2013 at 7:34 PM

      Yes you can do that, but I’m not sure if it would be as strong as an EO. I’d definitely simmer your cloves in the oil over low heat for an hour or so… really infusing them. Be sure to test it on yourself first and then on your little one in a very small amount to see if it’s okay before rubbing it all over the gums. Cloves are strong… so maybe a teaspoon or so to a 1/4 cup of oil… just a guess. If it’s too strong just dilute it with more oil. Let me know how it works for you. I’m interested.

  • Reply Krista August 10, 2014 at 7:28 PM

    I’ve used it for a tooth that was so inflamed that I couldn’t get numb enough for a root canal. I used it in a complementary way but it sure helped a lot!

    • Reply Meagan August 11, 2014 at 9:01 AM

      Thanks for sharing Krista… I’ve had it help before too, and it’s great that we have it to help when other things don’t. Thanks for your comment.

  • Reply Stephanie January 30, 2015 at 9:53 PM

    Thanks for posting this! My mom has a LOT of teeth problems and so does my husband. Next time they have a tooth ache or infection, I’m going to have them use my clove oil. My 4 month old is starting to teeth but I am also not comfortable using oils on her yet so I’m using an amber teething necklace and will see how long we can go using just cold wash cloths to chew on before having to resort to the orajel!

  • Reply Robert February 2, 2015 at 12:03 PM

    I cannot find how much to dilute clove oil for an adult. Going to purchase some shortly for my toothache.

    • Reply Meagan February 2, 2015 at 12:14 PM

      I believe that most dilutions are anywhere from 3-5% dilutions when it comes to pain Robert, but you may want to refer to an essential oil book or do a google search for more info on that. Most all the dilutions on my site are for children, not adults. Hope this helps some! Good luck!

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