Clove oil is not for everyone. It has a strong and sometimes unpleasant taste, and if large quantities are accidentally ingested, it too can have side effects. It was widely used in dentistry before the advent of more commercial anesthetics, and research shows it works thanks to its active ingredient, eugenol, the same compound responsible for the plant’s aroma. Clove
oil can be found in most health food stores for a few dollars a bottle. To use it, apply a very small amount to a cotton swab or piece of tissue and apply gently to the affected area. Although considered safe when used correctly in small amounts, it can cause liver and respiratory problems when ingested in large quantities.
A good example of the use of clove oil is in the movie “Marathon Man”, with Dustin HOFFMAN. If you have a chance, watch that movie & you will understand what I mean.
Thank you for the question.
Dr. Art J. DeAngelo, DDS