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What are the side effects of clove oil when used to treat dry socket?

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Applying clove oil too often to the gums and tooth socket can cause damage to the soft tissue of the mouth. Clove oil is sometimes used as a natural analgesic and pain killer after a tooth extraction or when a complication called dry socket occurs.

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Dry socket occurs when the blood clot that is formed after a tooth extraction dissolves or becomes dislodged from the socket from which the tooth was pulled. The blood clot is an important component in the healing process, because it protects the exposed bone which the tooth once covered. If the blood clot dislodges prematurely, it results in pain, ranging from mild to intense.

Clove oil is a natural herb that has been used for centuries in many folk remedies, including for pain relief. It is necessary to be careful when using clove oil in the mouth, because clove oil can be very strong and quite capable of causing burns and irritation. Because of the volatility of clove oil, it is often advisable to mix the oil with another mild vegetable oil. If there is a reaction to the clove oil, such as a rash or redness after applying it to the gums, its use should be discontinued. If the side effects from the clove oil persist, consult a dentist.

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