Clove bud oil is an inexpensive, yet highly effective remedy for many tooth, throat, and mouth pains. Similar to Benzocaine, it numbs the problem area, instantly offering relief from discomfort. Cloves help fight off parasites, infections, inflammation, and may help prevent tooth decay. Eugenol, a chemical compound found in cloves, has been used by dentists since the 19th century. It is still found in many toothpastes, mouth washes, and dental products.
Those who use cloves to cook know it is a delicious spice, but you must "go easy on it". Those little dried buds have an extremely overpowering flavor. The essential oil is exponentially stronger. You only need 1 (ONE!!!!) drop and it is best to dilute it. Use any more that a drop, and you will be rushing to rinse the taste out of your mouth! One drop on the sore spot and the pain disappears in seconds. You can also put one drop on your toothbrush along with your toothpaste to help care for sensitive teeth.
Caution: As I have cautioned repeatedly, clove bud is an extremely strong oil. It must be well-diluted when used for older children, and it is a good idea to dilute it for adults too, especially if you plan to use it regularly. You can mix a drop or two in vegetable glycerine or in a carrier oil for safety's sake. Water does not dilute oil. Do not use clove bud oil for young children, or if you are pregnant, nursing, or diabetic. Some people may experience allergic reactions to concentrated clove oil so if you are using it for the first time, be sure to try it in small doses (1 drop - diluted!).
Because one needs so little for each use, clove oil lasts a long time. Of course this doesn't make you a do-it-yourself dentist, but it can temporarily help with aches and pains in a pinch. Clove oil is an excellent breath-freshener if you brush or gargle (just mix a drop in water) with it. Because of it's concentrated strength, I would not use clove bud oil over a long period of time. This is true of most herbs and essential oils; it's better to take breaks in usage. For extended use, I would much prefer chewing on a whole clove bud from the spice section of your grocery store than using the potent essential oils. Clove buds are more effective than candy mints when it comes to freshening the breath, plus they lack cavity-causing sugar.
*This site is for informational purposes only and is not intended to offer medical advice or to replace your doctor or dentist.