Toothache refers to the pain associated with the teeth
and jaws. The common causes of a toothache are tooth
decay (cavity), cracked or chipped teeth, infection, filling
failure, exposed tooth roots, orthodontic procedures, tooth
extraction, trauma, and gum disease. Inflammation from
any of these sources can put pressure on the nerve endings
in the interior of the tooth resulting in mild to intense
pain. Preventive measures, using essential oils are
discussed under Gum and Mouth
Problems. Here we discuss the immediate relief of
Dentists, as well as those
familiar with home remedies, know that the simple Clove
spice can be used for pain relief associated with the teeth
and gums. Clove essential oil provides that same property
with a much higher level of concentration. Other essential
oils such as On Guard add significant help. The video
below summarizes a powerful protocol for relieving the pain
of a toothache.
Oils, blends & products
Oils & Blends:
CloveC, On GuardC
Essential oils based
products: OnGuard Toothpase
Birch, Cinnamon, Lemon, MelaleucaC, Mountain Savory,
understand the E and C superscript go to Home and
scroll to New Helps.
Pain: 1-2 drops each Clove and On Guard®
to area as needed (dilute for children)
Hygiene during time of painful conditions:
Supplement regular brushing/flossing using On Guard®
Toothpaste with 2-5 drops of On Guard and 1-3 drops of
Clove to a mouthful of warm water in a glass. Use the
technique of swishing the mixture for 5-10 minutes in the
mouth. Do not swallow the mixture when finished. . Add Lemon
or Peppermint to improve taste. Continue regular oral
hygiene, see dentist.
Adults: the Clove can also be rubbed directly on the
painful tooth and gum area for immediate relief.
Children: For a child’s toothache or for teething pain dilute the
Clove oil with a pleasant tasting carrier oil before rubbing
on the gums.
Special Precautions: Clove is a “hot”
oil and can be uncomfortable for some, so consider using it
diluted with a carrier oil or water.
A suggested toothpaste recipe
(dōTERRA also makes an essential oils
based toothpaste with the OnGuard blend, OnGuard
tsp baking soda
tsp xylitol (a natural sweetener)
drops On Guard
Experiences and Testimonials of others
Giovanni - I have discovered from
personal experience that tooth pain can be addressed very
effectively with Clove oil by simply applying it to the
"outside" of your face by where the tooth is located. The
Clove oil seems to get to where it needs to go as quickly
from the outside of the mouth as from the inside. It is also
important to apply it frequently to support the healing.
Adding Frankincense is also very beneficial to reduce
Skipper - I am a EDDA, (Expanded Duty
Dental Assistant) by trade. Here are reasons for pain after
an extraction. Some times the patient may have a dry
socket, which is when the blood clot that forms inside the
socket after an extraction. This can be very, very painful.
The dentist can identify this problem. But sometimes the
injection site may also be painful as the area is like a
cobweb of small nerves. Or if the extractions are on the
upper arch, the sinuses may be involved. And then there is
the issue of ongoing infection from some other teeth. Yes!
Our mouths are very complicated!!! So maybe start with a
Melaleuca pull in the mouth a couple of times a day for
infection. Also, Clove (diluted) is very good for the pain
and has a numbing effect. Then lastly a sinus infection can
make the teeth hurt as that area is healing. In that case I
would use the appropriate oils for the sinus infection as
well. I hope some of this helps!
Rob – Let me add my testimonial. I had
some serious tooth pain that I stopped by using a mixture of
On Guard and Clove (On Guard already has Clove, but I added
more for an increased analgesic effect) I mixed it with a
couple tablespoons of water and would swish and pull the
water for about 5 minutes. I did this 2-3 times per day.
After a few days I only had to do the pulling once or twice
a week. You could also use Basil, Oregano or
Lemongrass. The oils are amazing...
Cindy - I had terrible mouth and teeth
problems and used the following protocol with GREAT success.
·Morning and night I would brush my teeth using 2 drops of
On Guard on my brush. No toothpaste.
·Mornings I would oil pull with 2 drops of Clove and 2
drops of Lemon and a little over a teaspoon of coconut oil.
Spit it out after about 10 minutes.
·At night I would oil pull with 1 drop Oregano and 2 drops
of Lemon and a little over a teaspoon of coconut oil. Spit
it out after about 10 minutes.
·At work after lunch I would oil pull and gargle with 3
drops of On Guard, 2 drops of Melaleuca, and about 2
tablespoons of water. Swallow or spit after about 5
The Clove in On Guard helps greatly with pain. Also I used
Virgin Coconut Oil but fractionated will work too, I
Jan FL - I cannot use any kind of
Novocain or anything with cain in it for that matter, and
when I go to the dentist, I put a drop of Clove essential
oil on the tooth to be drilled, and I don't need any
anesthesia. The dentist is amazed that he doesn't need to
give me a shot. We just keep applying a drop every 30 min or
so. I love these oils!
Adrienne - I have
always had a little bit of infection in a root canal I had
done few years ago. To get rid of it my dentist is
suggesting a major procedure. I don't want to do it. Do you
think this oil pull protocol will help?
Pat - I truly think the oil pull
protocol will help.
Kathy – I just had
a wisdom tooth out and I am in a lot of pain. I have taken
some strong painkillers but it doesn’t seem to help, the
whole side of my head is aching. The dentist said don’t
swish anything till tomorrow and only use salty water? Any
suggestions will be gratefully accepted.
Leah – Clove. Or maybe even On Guard,
because it has Clove in it. I would just apply some to a
Q-tip and gently dab the tender spots. Maybe some Deep Blue
on the outside of your jaw? I bet Birch would work too.
Suzy - Put Clove oil on a Q-tip
and apply to the area as much as you can stand. It
really works! If you have a small pipette, you could
even drop a drop of oil into the open cavity left behind.
Hope this helps!
Heather - I just put On Guard on my gum
because they felt infected. It numbed it really well. Now my
gum feels better.
Brooke - Also use Frankincense on the
outside of your jaw and cheekbone to help with swelling and
Pat - These are all good suggestions, I
still prefer the oil pull of 2 tbsp Fractionated Coconut oil
with 2 drops of Clove and 2 drops of Oregano. Don't swish
just hold it in your mouth for 10 minutes. You will be
Kathy - Thanks everyone, I am feeling
much better today. Have been using all the suggestions but
haven’t swished yet. I am going to try that suggestion now.
Laura – With any sore in the mouth I use
Melaleuca. I have a spray bottle filled with water and some
Melaleuca (I can't remember how many drops, but it was not
many) on hand and any time we have a sore throat, mouth
pain, bite on our cheek, after the kids pull teeth, etc. we
use it. Just spray it in all around the mouth and then you
can swish after if you want, or just let it sit a minute and
spit. It works great- much better than our old OTC sore
throat spray- or Orajel. I also use On Guard on my
toothbrush when my teeth start feeling sensitive or sore and
it will work for a couple days at a time at least!
Jess - Lucky me.
I've had pain for 3 days and the dentist diagnosed the need
for a root canal. The X-rays show no infection nor a cavity,
possibly a hairline crack. I've read about the recommended
oil pull protocol and I will start that tonight. My question
is: does anyone have any info of oils helping repair teeth
Pat - Right now just do the Clove,
Oregano and coconut oil protocol. I am not sure about why
the teeth crack, that is what happened to me and the oil
pull helped so much.
Jeanne - Fluoride is a hardener of tooth
enamel for sure, but it hardens them to the point of being
brittle. It also blocks absorption of other minerals. There
is an excellent book by Ramiel Nigal called "Heal Tooth
Decay" that can be found online. It contains diet and other
things you can do to help heal your teeth naturally. It is
worth a look. It based on research done by Weston A Price.
Jess - The oil pull is helping
tremendously. I'm guessing that is why they can't detect any
infection. I've been fluoride free for 15 years now so I
hope I've worked out the majority of it from my system.
Apart from growing up in a community where the water had a
high quantity of fluoride in the water, 20 years after
moving away my teeth have a more healthy appearance.
Christine - I would certainly try Birch
- you could put it directly on the tooth. I just had a
tooth pulled that was an old root canal. The dentist
said root canal teeth are not strong and they are brittle.
This "dead" tooth was also affecting several organs in my
body and I am now trying to heal them with oils. I
know of 2 alternative dentists who would not do root canals.
There is a reason. Do some research before you have
Pat - My son-in-law is the one who got
me starting on this oil pull after my tooth fractured. He
also told me that consistent use also got rid of a cavity.
Don't you just love these oils?
Jess - I really do. I've seen decay in
my children's mouths disappear as we started making our own
toothpaste with our oils. Amazing!
Sunny - Just curious... What oils did
you use to take care of the tooth decay?
Just a 'heads up.' I had an experience with pain in the
gum line above my most upper left-hand tooth several years
ago. The dentist could see no reason for it - no infection,
nothing in x-rays. I had a root canal and that did not stop
the pain. I was really worried that whatever was causing
the pain would spread to other nearby teeth. So, after
consulting with my dentist, I had the tooth removed. This
was all before I began using essential oils.
Turned out that a few months later, the pain returned.
This time, I was not so quick to extract more teeth! I had
heard that sometimes the mouth (teeth, gums, etc) reflect
what is going on elsewhere in the body. By this time, I was
using oils and applied what worked for me in the area
(Peppermint). Detoxing with GX Assist and consistent use of
LLV has permanently eradicated the pain.
Jess - After years of poo-pooing my
homemade concoctions, my lovely 12 year old daughter asked
me to make her some toothpaste. It turned out to be a really
good batch. So good that almost everyone in the house is
using it. Today while getting ready for school said pre-teen
daughter commented that her acne has cleared for no apparent
reason. Her younger 10-year-old sister's acne has cleared as
well with the only routine change being the toothpaste. Our
teeth are significantly whiter too. So now she is amazed
that a product for her teeth would effect her skin and I am
her hero ( for a minute.)
tsp baking soda
tsp xylitol (a natural sweetener)
drops On Guard
I mix it up and keep it in a 4 oz mason jar. We keep a
baby spoon with it that we rinse betwix uses. I've put it in
plastic travel shampoo bottles in the past but it separates
and needs stirring occasionally. Let me know if you have a
better delivery system.
Brenda - What is xylitol, where do you
get it and what form is it, liquid, powder? I am anxious to
Editorial comment – Also see the Science
and Research tab above for more information on xylitol.
Glycerin is made from animal or vegetable fat. The
vegetable fat type is preferable and is available at
pharmacies like Walgreen’s, Wal-Mart, or online.
Jess - It is a sweetener that is good
for your teeth. It whitens them. I get it from the health
food store. It comes in powdered form.
folks recommend for children
Eddie never had great teeth. It seemed like no
matter how often he brushed, no matter how much care he gave
his teeth, he would at least yearly end up having to go to
the dentist with a toothache and more cavities.
One day Eddie was eating some nuts, when the crunching in
his mouth became noticeably different. The nuts he
thought he was crunching were much harder than nuts.
Eddie went to the sink, and spit out some of the nuts,
shocked to see that there were pieces of black and silver in
Eddie got a small glass and started to rinse his mouth
out with water. As he did, he felt a horrible stabbing
pain in the back of his mouth. He felt the area of
pain with his tongue and realized that there was a very
large hole, right where there was once a filling.
Eddie from then on used very warm water to rinse his
mouth, knowing that the area where he lost his filling was
very sensitive, especially to anything cold, even cool air.
The last time Eddie had, had a toothache, his friend John
had given him some essential oils that really helped.
Eddie went to the phone to call John.
“Hey John, its Eddie. I have a filling that has
come out. Do you have some of that oil I can use till
I can get it fixed?”
“It’s called On Guard, Eddie, and yes I have an extra
bottle you can buy.”
Eddie was a little disappointed that John did not offer
it to him for free like last time. But was excited
that he had some.
“Come on over any time you want.”
Within the hour, Eddie was at John’s door. John was
holding a small bottle. “I opened it already and put a few
extra drops of Clove oil in it, because that will give the
On Guard extra strength to relieve the pain.”
With that, Eddie paid him for the bottle, had John
reminded him of how to use it, and he rushed home to get
Eddie got a small glass of warm water, only 1 or 2
tablespoons, and poured 4-5 drops of the On Guard with extra
Clove into the water. He then quickly dropped his head
back and poured the tonic in his mouth. He then began
to swish and pull the mixture through his teeth, creating
pressure with his cheeks and tongue. He instantly
began to feel relief from the exposed area, and continued to
swish for almost 10 minutes. He then spit out the
mixture in the sink. He paused for a moment, waiting
to see if the pain returned. He then carefully
breathed in some air over the area of the lost filling,
almost cringing in anticipation of the pain, but the pain
It was nearly three hours before Eddie began to feel the
pain return to his mouth. He did the rinse again and
continued two or three times a day over the weekend till he
was able to get an appointment and get the cavity filled.
The other pleasant surprise was when he got to the
dentist. After examining Eddie’s mouth for a few
minutes, the doctor commented. “Eddie, I’m not sure
what you use to brush your teeth, but your mouth and gums
look incredible. Keep doing whatever you are doing!”
Eddie smiled to himself, realizing that he had a great
Diet and Nutritional
complements to essential oils
What Science & Research are saying
Dental pain and Clove essential oil.
MedlinePlus gives the following for dental pain and Clove
"Clove essential oil is commonly used as a dental pain
reliever. Early studies have found that a homemade Clove gel
may be as effective as benzocaine 20% gel. Clove oil
combined with zinc oxide paste may be effective for dry
socket (inflammation after tooth extraction)."
The basis for this conclusion is rated as "Good
scientific evidence for this use"
The effects of Lavender scent on
dental patient anxiety levels: a cluster randomised-controlled
Community Dent Oral Epidemiol. 2010 Feb;38(1):83-7. Epub
2009 Nov 23. Kritsidima M, Newton T, Asimakopoulou K.
King's College London, Dental Institute, Denmark Hill,
To review the effect of Lavender scent on anticipatory
anxiety in dental participants.
In a cluster randomized-controlled trial, patients' (N =
340) anxiety was assessed while waiting for a scheduled
dental appointment, either under the odor of Lavender or
with no odor. Current anxiety, assessed by the brief State
Trait Anxiety Indicator (STAI-6), and generalized dental
anxiety, assessed by the Modified Dental Anxiety Scale
(MDAS) were examined.
Analyses of variance (anovas) showed that although both
groups showed similar, moderate levels of generalized dental
anxiety (MDAS F((1,338)) = 2.17, P > 0.05) the Lavender
group reported significantly lower current anxiety (STAI:
F((1,338)) = 74.69, P < 0.001) than the control group.
Although anxiety about future dental visits seems to be
unaffected, Lavender scent reduces state anxiety in
Antimicrobial activities of the
volatile oils of Ocimum bacilicum L. and Ocimum gratissimum
L. (Lamiaceae) against some aerobic dental isolates.
Editor’s note: Basil (Ocimum
bacilicum) and African Basil ( Ocimum gratissimum) used in a
Pak J Pharm Sci. 2009 Oct;22(4):405-9. Ahonkhai I,
Ba A, Edogun O, Mu U. Department of
Pharmaceutical Microbiology, Faculty of Pharmacy, University
of Benin, Benin City, Nigeria.
Essential or volatile oils of plants have been variously
reported to have many medicinal applications. Their probable
uses against oral microbes have received little attention.
Oral swabs obtained from eighteen dental patients at the
University of Benin teaching Hospital, Benin City, Nigeria,
led to the isolation of twenty nine bacteria. Using standard
methods, the microorganisms were identified as Streptococcus
viridians (16; representing 55.17%), Staphylococcus albus
(9; 31.04%), Klebisiella pneumonia (2; 6.90%), Pseudomonas
aeruginosa (1, 3.45%) and Proteus vulgaris (1, 3.45%). The
antimicrobial activities of the volatile oils of Ocimum
Basilicum L. and O. gratissimum L. were evaluated on the
twenty nine organisms using agar diffusion and agar dilution
methods. In the susceptibility tests, the volatile oils of
O. Basilicum and O. gratissimum independently inhibited the
growth of Klebisiella pneumonia at a concentration of 0.51%
in the agar; Streptococcus viridians and Staphylococcus
albus at 1.10% and Pseudomonas aeruginosa at 10.0%. Proteus
vulgaris was inhibited at 0.53% by the volatile oil of O.
gratissimum and 0.67% by O. Basilicum. Separate
incorporation of the volatile oils into tooth pastes (2 and
5%), the volatiles oils showed antibacterial activities
comparable to a commercial tooth paste (which contains O.
Basilicum 0.01% among others) against most resistant
organisms. As components of mouth washes, the volatile oils
completely inhibited the growth of organisms at a
concentration of 0.5%.
What is Xylitol?
Xylitol is not only a safe, natural sweetener without the
bad side-effects of sugar and artificial substitutes, it's
also good for your teeth, stabilises insulin and hormone
levels and promotes good health.
Xylitol is a natural substance found in fibrous
vegetables and fruit, as well as in corn cobs and various
hardwood trees like Birch. It is a natural, intermediate
product which regularly occurs in the glucose metabolism of
man and other animals as well as in the metabolism of
several plants and micro-organisms. Xylitol is produced
naturally in our bodies; in fact, we make up to 15 grams
daily during normal metabolism.
Although xylitol tastes and looks exactly like sugar,
that is where the similarities end. Xylitol is really
sugar's mirror image. While sugar wreaks havoc on the body,
xylitol heals and repairs. It also builds immunity, protects
against chronic degenerative disease and has anti-ageing
benefits. Xylitol is considered a five-carbon sugar, which
means it is an antimicrobial, preventing the growth of
bacteria. While sugar is acid forming, xylitol is alkaline
enhancing. All other forms of sugar, including sorbitol,
another popular alternative sweetener, are six-carbon sugars
which feed dangerous bacteria and fungi.
Approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in
1963, xylitol has no known toxic levels. The only discomfort
that some sensitive people may notice initially when taking
large amounts is mild diarrhoea or slight cramping. Since
the body makes xylitol daily, as well as the enzymes to
break it down, any discomfort usually disappears within a
few days as the body's enzymatic activity adjusts to a
Xylitol has 40 per cent fewer calories and 75 per cent
fewer carbohydrates than sugar and is slowly absorbed and
metabolised, resulting in very negligible changes in
insulin. About one-third of the xylitol that is consumed is
absorbed in the liver. The other two-thirds travels to the
intestinal tract where it is broken down by gut bacteria
into short-chain fatty acids.
Xylitol looks, feels and tastes exactly like sugar and
leaves no unpleasant aftertaste. It is available in many
forms. In its crystalline form, it can replace sugar in
cooking, baking or as a sweetener for beverages. It is also
included as an ingredient in chewing gum, mints and nasal
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intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any illness or disease,
nor is it intended to replace proper medical help. As
members offer or look for answers, kindly understand that essential oils
work to help to bring the body into balance - thus helping the body's
natural defenses to restore homeostasis. Essential oils are not
used to "treat" medical problems.