When it comes to the health of our teeth, many of us would ideally do all we can to ensure our teeth and gums remain as healthy as possible. Toothache is an extremely painful condition which can cause a great deal of discomfort and distress. Visiting the dentist however, or rather even the prospect of visiting the dentist, is something that strikes fear into the souls of people all over the world. By contrast, the word ‘hygienist’ has a far less sinister ring to it. In fact, many people, initially traumatised by the idea of visiting their dentist, are far happier to visit their dental hygienist, and are finding the experience far less traumatic than they would have at first initially thought. Most people don’t realise this, but dentists and dental hygienists have very different roles and provide very different treatments. Here’s a more in-depth look to help clear things up once and for all.