Millions of us have a well ingrained fear of the dentist, and put off a trip until pain makes it necessary. That could be a bad decision, as not all toothaches are caused by the teeth. Finding and fixing the cause could save your life. Naturally, most toothaches do involve our teeth, and getting them fixed is the best answer to dealing with the pain.
Tooth Decay: There are many factors involved in tooth decay. Heredity, diet and proper hygiene are the top three. If your family has a history of weak teeth, diet and hygiene need to be attended to even more. Ask the dentist to show you how best to brush. Brushing too hard is almost as bad as not brushing them enough, as it can scratch the enamel and let bacteria deeper. To help ease the pain until you get to the dentist, oil of cloves placed on the sore spot could be useful.
One word of warning; there are some studies indicating a link between tooth decay and heart problems. Putting off necessary care could be a life threatening decision.