Apart from a salt water rinse or a little brandy on the affected area, there have really only been two effective methods of oral pain relief in modern history; benzocaine and clove oil. While the two have been proven by a published study in the Journal of Dentistry to be equally effective, many people continue to use the harsher, more risky benzocaine over the all-natural clove oil.
Benzocaine vs Clove Oil
Though both numbing agents will get you to the same relief, there are many differences between the two that should also be considered.
How it’s made
Clove oil is derived from three areas of the clove plant (the bud, leaf, and stem) which is then taken and crafted into an oil typically using a simple process of combining the leaves with olive oil and draining the remaining solution through a cheese cloth so that it’s fully liquid.
Benzocaine, on the other hand, is not a naturally occurring chemical reaction and therefore requires advanced knowledge of chemistry and ingredients like organic acid and ethanol to produce.
How often it can be used
As clove oil is a natural substance, there is no limit to how many times you can use it for a toothache or canker sore.
However, over the counter treatments like Orajel that contain benzocaine warn not to exceed a dosage of four times in a 24 hour period.
Benefits of use
Both substances are used to numb a variety of oral ailments and pains including
- Canker sores
- Cold sores
- Cheek bites
- Inflamed taste buds
- Gum discomfort
Benzocaine, while good for numbing, on rare occasions has been linked to a fatal blood disorder known as methemoglobinemia. Though rare, the development of the disorder can be taxing. Symptoms are reported to include
- Shortness of breath
- Changes in mental health
- Inability to exercise
- Receding hairline
With so many issues surrounding benzocaine, it’s probably time to give a natural remedy like CUROXEN Mouth Sore Treatment a go. Made with oxygenated olive oil, calendula, clove oil, and cinnamon, CUROXEN Mouth Sore Treatment can be used as often as needed and will help kill germs while numbing oral pain.
CUROXEN’s all-natural formula will help to kills germs and prevent infection while it numbs pain and aids in healing. It can also be applied as many times as needed throughout the day as opposed to Orajel which has a 4X a day limit. Additionally, Orajel uses benzocaine rather than clove oil, a known cause of the fatal blood disorder methemoglobinemia.
“In my Internal Medicine and Age Management clinic, Westlake Medical Arts, I treat and teach my patients to use natural and organic alternatives when appropriate. Many health conditions can cause canker sores in the mouth and CUROXEN Oral is a great solution. Unlike Orajel, which contains benzocaine and other nasty inactive ingredients; CUROXEN, has just 4 natural and organic ingredients. It utilizes clove oil to numb pain, while still fighting infection and promoting healing. I recommend this product to all my cancer patients and any one that complains of mouth pain from canker sores, dentures, braces, and even nervous cheek biting!”
Dr. Eleanor Womack, MD