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HomeAnswersDentistrygum infectionI used clove oil on my gums, and a blister developed. Why?

Can clove oil cause whitish-yellowish blister above tooth?

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Answered by

Dr. Asma Parveen

Medically reviewed by

iCliniq medical review team

Published At January 13, 2018
Reviewed AtMay 28, 2024

Patient's Query

Hello doctor,

One week ago, I got a bad toothache. I had a cavity in my molar, the tooth before my wisdom teeth (far top left). I have been taking Amoxicillin three times a day. So I went to the dentist and he looked In my mouth and said I need a root canal. I thought it was hurting my mind and I used clove oil essentially on my gums to soothe the pain. But the next evening, I noticed whitish yellowish kind of blister above the tooth. I am not sure what caused this. I have sent pictures of the first day and now for comparisons.

Answered by Dr. Asma Parveen


Welcome to icliniq.com.

I have gone through the attachment (attachment removed to protect patient identity). The white ulceration on your gums is because of the use of clove oil. Clove oil basically is used to numb the tooth pain but it can lead to irritation around your gums since it is very strong. You need to stop using the clove oil and start with the root canal treatment. For healing of the ulcer, you can start with Chlorhexidine gluconate based mouthwash at least twice a day for a week which will lead to the healing.

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Dr. Asma Parveen
Dr. Asma Parveen


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