Article by Dr. Sonica Krishan
Clove or Lavang is a natural herb that contains several incredible healthcare properties. Clove oil is basically an essential oil extracted from the clove plant, Syzygium aromaticum, which contains Eugenol which is a natural analgesic and antiseptic agent having the effectual property to stop the toothache pain and also wipe out germs. It eases pain and can also be useful in the infection that could be prevalent due to gingivitis. Thus, applying one or two dashes of clove oil can be helpful in controlling the problems that come along with gingivitis. And also the plaque formation can be virtually arrested by applying a few drops of clove oil every day onto the teeth and gums.
How To Use Clove Oil?
The clove oil is a strong essential oil and is recommended to be used in very little amount as local application after having been diluted using a carrier oil, before direct application onto the affected area. However, it is also suggested that we rinse our mouth well with some salt water before the application of clove in any of its forms. This is because, the rinse helps clean and soften the sensitive area, thus allowing the clove to work more effectively over it.
Essential Health Benefits Of Clove Oil
Clove oil is believed to be effective when applied on a cavity-affected or a decaying tooth, every night before going to sleep. This results in the cavity getting receded in a matter of few days. Also, its antiseptic properties incredibly help in curing the infection and as well getting rid of the microbes adjoining our teeth.
The presence of the natural compound of Eugenol in clove oil has shown efficacy in getting rid of tartar and plaque from our teeth, when used effectually and on a regular basis. Its germicidal action likewise prevents the germs from attacking or sticking to our teeth. Alternatively, chewing one or two cloves a day also has similar effect.
When it comes to gingivitis, or in simpler terms, the problem of sore and / or swollen gums, clove oil proves to be once again effective. Its application tends to numb the gums, thus easing the pain and eventually resulting into clean gums.
Mouth ulcers, those extremely painful cuts and woundsoccurring inside our mouth can prove dreadful when it comes to talking, chewing or doing just about anything using our mouth. Clove oil application works directly on the pain, inflammation and soreness associated with those ulcers, and fastens the healing process.
Clove oil has this unique, intense odour which, when used, goes a long way in working as an effective and refreshing mouth freshener. Also, it does not leave our mouth dry and irritated, post use. For this very purpose, it has been used in a variety of commercial mouthwashes available out there. It is worthwhile to go for the clove oil ones instead of choosing those harsh, alcohol-based mouth rinsing products.