Use Clove Oil to Numb Your Gums

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How It Works

Apply clove oil to a Q-tip and rub on your gums when irritated or prior to receiving Novocain. The clove oil works to reduce inflammation and it also acts as a numbing agent so the Novocain shot does not hurt. In fact, you barely feel the shot!

 

Also, while I did not know about this when my children were babies, I am told it also helps with teething pain. As it is spicy, you may need to dilute it with a carrier oil like almond or coconut--especially for babies!

 

My brand of choice is Doterra Clove Oil.

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I recently had a cavity filled. My holistic dentist, Reid Winnick, Dentistry for Health in NYC, applied clove oil around my tooth prior to injecting with Novocain. I have very few cavities and this was the first time I had one filled by him. Curious, I questioned him and he explained clove oil numbs the gums. AND it worked! I barely felt the needle.

 

About a week later, my son complained of a tooth ache and I suggested applying some clove oil and again, it worked. The pain went away and in his case, stayed away. But, I can't say clove oil treats an underlying condition. It is a band aid, but fortunately it seems my son did not have an underlying issue.

What do you think?

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Kim Francique
By Kim Francique
25 - Community Member
5 months ago

I was in Europe when my roommate got a severe toothache. No being near our dentist, I passed this info to her with my oil. By the time we got home, her gums were beginning to erode. Her dentist told her it was the oil she rubbed on them. It wasn't working, so she kept rubbing it on.

Mara Landis
By Mara Landis
1350 - Community Leader
5 months ago

So interesting as my dentist had me rub the clove oil on my gum to numb it before novocaine. Maybe it should not be used longterm? Or maybe her gum had eroded and the doctor assumed it was the clove oil?!

Lara Birgit
By Lara Birgit
60 - Community Member
2 years ago

Also just swishing cloves in your mouth for a minute or so really improves bad breath or that garlicky smell

Kim Francique
By Kim Francique
25 - Community Member
5 months ago

I prefer parsley

Darlene Ryan
By Darlene Ryan
15 - Community Member
2 years ago

I use dōTERRA clove oil every time I go to the dentist! It really works! 😁

Kim Francique
By Kim Francique
25 - Community Member
5 months ago

I guess it depends on the person.

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