Toothaches can cause mild of severe pain, and are mainly caused by infections, exposed tooth root, cracked tooth, gum disease or a loose filling.

A toothache occurs when the pulp of the tooth becomes irritated or inflamed. This region contains important nerve endings that are very sensitive, so when the pulp gets irritated, it causes toothache which can become pretty unpleasant. The usual treatment for the pain includes a trip to the dentist, but you should know that some natural remedies can help you (temporarily) alleviate the pain.

People usually reach for painkillers such as Anbesol or Orajel when they’re suffering from toothache. These products contain benzocaine, a powerful anesthetic that is otherwise used in tooth surgeries. However, it does have some adverse side-effects which can make the problem worse. Luckily, you can also relieve your toothache naturally with clove oil.

Clove oil has been used to treat toothache naturally for centuries. When applied topically, the oil numbs the area and soothes the pain by deadening the nerve endings. According to a 2006 study, the oil is just as effective as benzocaine. The oil works due to the presence of a compound called eugenol that can promote blood circulation and improve the function of your cardiovascular system. Clove is also a powerful antioxidant that will strenghten your immune system and help your body fight free radicals.

Cloves are rich in manganese, a mineral that promotes bone and teeth strength. To prepare the oil for use, mix 2 drops of it with half a teaspoon of coconut oil and soak a cotton ball in the mixture, then put it against the painful tooth or gum and spit the cotton ball once your pain has stopped. Repeat the process as many times a day as you need, but avoid doing it overnight as it’s a potential choking hazard.

You can use whole cloves for toothache as well – put them near the affected area and leave them to work for a couple of minutes. This method works well and it’s probably better than commercial clove oil which is often not 100% clear.