Nerve decay is the result of stubborn sticky plaque that forms from thriving bacteria in your mouth. Acids in the bacteria of plaque can eat through your teeth's hard enamel, eventually creating a cavity that can cause excruciating pain. Although you should always visit your dentist for any tooth condition, you can get temporary relief by topically applying clove oil to relieve the pain. Clove oil has natural analgesic, antiseptic and antibacterial properties that can help relieve tooth pain and promote mouth health.
Rinse your mouth with warm water to clean it of any small food particles.
Apply two to three drops of clove oil on a cotton ball to fully saturate it.
Put the cotton ball on the painful tooth, close your mouth and bite down to hold the cotton ball in place.
Remove the cotton ball after 15 minutes and throw it away. You should feel an immediate reduction in pain.
The overuse of clove oil can be detrimental to your mouth health. Do not use this remedy for more than three days.
- "The Complete Idiot's Guide to Herbal Remedies"; Frankie Avalon Wolfe;1999
- The New York Times: Remedies: Clove Oil for Tooth Pain
- MedlinePlus: Clove
Joe Lewis started writing professionally in 2010 for various websites. He holds a Master of Science in nutrition and dietetics.