Many people dislike dentists and will do anything to prevent a visit. Having toothache is extremely unpleasant and it usually means that a trip to the dentist is inevitable.
One of the main causes of this pain is a carious lesion (Cavity). They appear due to poor oral hygiene. Failure to properly brush teeth leads to food building up into plaque, which eats away at tooth enamel and causes cavities to form.
The main symptoms of tooth cavities are toothache and pain, especially when eating hot, cold or sugary foods. This means that the decay is already set in and irreversible. However, if you make frequent trips to the dentist, they can detect cavities in their superficial stage and prevent them from worsening.
Good oral hygiene such as daily brushing and flossing, using single tuft toothbrushes and frequent dental checkups can prevent tooth cavities. Cooking your own food can also help by ensuring that there isn't too much sugar in your meals, leading to tooth decay. Click here for more information on whether or not tooth decay can heal on its own.