Local Project for Children’s Dental Education

Recently, I decided to visit the Stevensville Garden Center to view their beautiful Christmas display.  I was delightfully surprised to make the acquaintance of Laura Schneider, the author of ” Baby Tooth Visits The Dentist.”   Laura, her son Lyle and her husband Dr. Schneider set a goal to create a book to help prepare little people to visit the dental office and teach them how to care for their teeth in superhero adventure style storybook.  Introducing little people to the dental office environment can be exciting and fearful for children.   I am always interested in learning more about how to create a successful and comfortable visit for little people who come into the office.

I wanted to share with you the premise behind ” Baby Tooth Visits The Dentist” and how I feel this book can be a valuable resource to introduce your children, grandchildren or any other little people in your life to the ins and outs of the dental office and good oral health practices.

Beautifully illustrated, with action-packed colors and concepts to captivate the interest of little people, the Adventures of Dent Strong include characters such as BT (or baby tooth), and his little sister Primary (as in primary dentition).  The big bad Bacillus Brothers who live in the cavity cave are the villains of the story.  Many of you may know the lactobacillus pathogen is one of the main bacteria that cause dental decay.  The book demonstrates recommended nutrition practices, good daily oral home care suggestions and offers a detailed description of what to expect at your dental appointment; Illustrations explain the chairside equipment that dental professionals use.  The book directs little people and their families to visit the website www.dentstrong.com for interactive adventures of Baby Tooth. We have included a clip of the movies at the bottom of this newsletter.  In the animated clip Baby tooth interviews the president of the Ontario Dental Association.  The book has been reviewed by a psychologist for best practice techniques to educate little people.

Baby Tooth Visits The Dentist is a ” guide for parents, teachers and health professionals.  This book can be read and enjoyed in its entirety, in sections or as individual pages. The dental checkup components of this book (pages 18-45) are comprised of 28 pages and provide an accurate step-by-step introduction and guide to a dental checkup”.

Endorsed by the Niagara Peninsula Dental Association, with the support of the Ontario Dental Association, the hardcover copy of “Baby Tooth Visits The Dentist” is well worth the $29.95 and is available on amazon.ca.

For those of you who would like to take a look at the book, there is a copy on-site at Heritage Dental Hygiene you can browse through.


Yours in oral health,


Amie Banting, RRDH

What’s the best way to keep your toothbrush clean?

We are often asked what is the best way to keep your toothbrush head clean between uses. Here are a few thoughts on the subject, including some information regarding the latest findings on charcoal toothbrushes.

It is important to remember that your toothbrush can be easily contaminated with pathogenic bacteria from dental plaque, the environment or a combination of factors (Lee et al, 2017).

Here is a thought to ponder – researchers have found that brushes stored in the bathroom are likely to have fecal matter lingering in the bristles.

In response to these concerns, the Charcoal Toothbrush is one of the latest go-to products to enter the market to keep your mouth clean. Charcoal toothbrushes are popular in South-east Asian countries like Malaysia, Singapore, and Indonesia.  Consumers can also purchase charcoal toothbrushes from on-line vendors. The bristles are black and are prepared by blending binchotan charcoal into nylon bristles. The manufacturers of these toothbrushes claim that they have antimicrobial properties because of the charcoal in them.

I recently read a study in the June 2017 Canadian Journal of Dental Hygiene that compared the bacterial contamination in bristles of charcoal toothbrushes versus non-charcoal toothbrushes.

I thought I would share the findings with you!

Mehta et al studied the effectiveness of various methods of reducing bacterial contamination of toothbrushes including covering the toothbrush head with a plastic cap, overnight immersion of the toothbrushes in Listerine and overnight immersion of toothbrushes in chlorhexidine.  Each method was tested for one week. The results revealed that overnight immersion of a toothbrush in 0.2% chlorhexidine gluconate was more effective than that of overnight immersion in Listerine or covering the toothbrush head with a plastic cap.

The results revealed, “substantially lower CFU counts in agar plates for the used charcoal bristles compared with used non-charcoal bristles. However, the difference was not statistically significant (Lee et al, 2017, p. 72).”  Based on this finding we can conclude that purchasing a charcoal toothbrush may be useful, however, the disinfection properties may not be statistically significant enough for one to feel secure in their choice.

What is the best way to disinfect your toothbrush according to this study?

According to Lee et al (2017), “UV light is capable of deactivating the micro-organisms by disrupting the chemical bonds that hold the DNA atoms” (p. 73). We have seen UV sanitizers available from Philips Sonicare in the past.

Basman et al studied toothbrush disinfection using 0.12% chlorhexidine gluconate, 2% sodium hypochlorite (Na0CL), a mouth rinse containing essential oils mixed with Listerine or alcohol, and 50% white vinegar.

“The most effective method for elimination of all tested bacterial species was found to be 50% white vinegar. Followed by 2% sodium hypochlorite Na0CL.  Coming in last was the mouth rinse containing essential oils and alcohol and the 0.12% chlorhexidine gluconate” (Lee et al, 2017).

Performing good oral hygiene practices is key to preventing dental disease.  Here at Heritage Dental Hygiene we are always reading and researching the latest in oral hygiene product information to keep you informed.

Thanks for reading!

Yours in preventative health,

Amie Banting, RRDH

Lee, J., Palaniappan, K., Hwai, T. T., Kit, C. W.,Dicksit, D. D., CG, K.,  …
Ramachandra, S. S. (2017). Comparison of Bacterial Contamination in Bristles of Charcoal Toothbrushes Versus Non-Charcoal Toothbrushes. Canadian Journal of Dental Hygiene,51(2), 69-74.

CIBC Run for the Cure

On Sunday, October 2, 2016 “The Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation CIBC Run for the Cure” event was held at Brock University. The event is primarily sponsored by CIBC bank to raise money for research towards breast cancer. Once again our team ” Amie’s Advocates.” braved the rain to complete the 5km run!

Thank you to all of the Heritage Dental Hygiene clients, friends and colleagues who supported “Amie’s Advocates” with your donations we raised $3439.70.I am grateful to you for your support and donations towards breast cancer research.

Your support makes a difference!

Amie Banting

Don’t Tax My Health Benefits!

The Ontario Dental Association and the College of Dental Hygienists Association have brought to my attention that our Federal Government Department of Finance is considering taxing your extended health and dental benefits. This could cost you and your family an additional few hundred dollars each year when you file your taxes. It also means that Canadians may be at risk of losing their extended coverage if their employer can’t afford to keep them insured.

As reported by National Post columnist, John Ivison on December 2nd, 2016, the government has identified health and dental benefit packages as a possible source of additional revenue as they prepare for the 2017 Federal Budget. (Article found here: http://news.nationalpost.com/…/federal-liberals-eye-tax-on-…)

The Federal Government needs to hear your opinion on this. Please visit the website http://donttaxmyhealthbenefits.ca for more information on this hot topic and to send your views on this issue to your local MP and the Minister of Finance.

Amie’s Advocates


Dear family, friends, clients and colleagues,

Join our team “Amie’s Advocates”. On Sunday, October 2, 2016 “The Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation CIBC Run for the Cure” is being held at Brock University in St. Catharines. This is a fundraiser that is dear to my heart because, in 2015, I was diagnosed and successfully treated for stage two triple negative breast cancer. I am looking forward to a beautiful day on October 2, 2016, surrounded by all of you to show your support towards breast cancer.

Last year our team, “Amie’s Advocates”, won the “Friends & Family Team Challenge Award” and raised almost $8500.00 for breast cancer! Let’s do it again! The CIBC Run for the Cure is being held at Brock University again this year. There is plenty of free parking for run participants. Brock University is located at 500 Glenridge Avenue, St. Catharines, ON. L2S 3A1.

Here is what to do:

Head over to www.cibcrunforthecure.com

Click on the FIND YOUR RUN tab


Click the pink button REGISTER

Click the pink button JOIN/RESTART A TEAM

Search ‘Amie’s Advocates” to find our team!

Click the pink button JOIN

You have two options:

  1. Participate (If you’d like to join us on the Run Day as a participant only.) There is a $40 participation fee and you should do this before September 16, 2016 to get the T-shirt. Please note youth can register for free or $40 to get the T-shirt.
  2. Participate and Fundraise You should do this before September 16, 2016 to get the T-shirt.

Select your choice and complete the registration process.

Donate but don’t participate

Write a cheque for the amount you would like to donate towards our team payable to The Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. Drop off your cheque to Heritage Dental Hygiene, 1547 Niagara Stone Road, Virgil, ON. Canada. L0S 1T0 or we can send someone to pick up your cheque, just call the office at 289-868-9374.


Donate online by heading over to www.cibcrunforthecure.com , select the pink DONATE tab, search for our team “Amie’s Advocates”. Complete the online donation process.


Event Schedule

Registration begins at 8:00am (feel free to roll in around 9:00am, you can find our team inside Isaac’s)

Opening Ceremonies: 9:30am

Warm-up: 9:50am

Survivor Parade

5km Start: 10:00am

1km Start: 10:00am

Awards & Closing Ceremonies: 11:15am


I want to thank you in advance for offering your support towards breast cancer. I am forever grateful! It is going to be a great day!

Amie Banting


How to Clean Your Tongue

The top of the tongue continually forms a coating that is made up of dead cells, tiny food particles and thousands of living and dead bacteria. If this coating is not removed, it can become a source of odor and bad taste.Cleaning your tongue every day is as important as brushing your teeth. Using a tongue cleaner or tongue paddle attached to your electric toothbrush it the most efficient way to clean your tongue.



Check the very back of your tongue and find a V-shaped row of red bumps. These are very important taste buds and must not be damaged. Place your tongue cleaner in the middle of your tongue, in front of these taste buds and move the scraper forward gently, removing a layer of debris.

Wipe or rinse the debris off the tongue cleaner.

Place your tongue cleaner to the right and overlapping some of the middle section and pull forward to the tip of the tongue.

Wipe or rinse the tongue cleaner.

Next place your tongue cleaner to the left and overlapping some of the middle section and pull forward to the tip of the tongue.

Wipe or rinse the tongue cleaner.

Go over the middle one more time if there is a lot of coating. This is sufficient to clean the surface of your tongue.

Follow with brushing and cleaning in between your teeth.

Rinse with water.

Your mouth should feel clean and fresh.

Clean your tongue twice a day, morning and evening.


Do not scrape the V-shaped red bumps at the back of your tongue. Do not make your tongue bleed.


How do I know I have Oral Cancer?

Early detection of oral cancer can save your life. At Heritage Dental Hygiene, your annual visit includes an oral cancer screening. We examine the head and neck for any abnormalities and examine the soft tissues in your mouth. The most common sites to find oral cancer are on the tongue, followed by the lip, floor of the mouth, salivary glands, inside your cheeks, the gingiva, and the palate. Research has shown that people with certain risk factors are more likely than others to develop oral cancer. This includes: age, use of tobacco in any form, excessive use of alcohol, chronic irritation of tissues due to ill fitting dentures or fillings, repeated trauma to the mouth and overexposure to the sun.

The key to successful treatment is to recognize the early signs and symptoms. Please contact us if you have experienced any of the following:

  • A sore on the lips, gums, or inside of your mouth that bleeds easily and does’t heal
  • A lump or thickening in the cheek that you can feel with your tongue
  • Loss of feeling or numbness in any part of your mouth
  • White or red patches on the gums, tongue or inside of mouth
  • Difficulty chewing or swallowing food
  • Soreness or unexplained pain in your mouth, or feeling that something is caught in your throat with no known cause
  • Swelling of the jaw causing dentures to fit poorly
  • Change in your voice

Visit us at Heritage Dental Hygiene for your next Dental Hygiene oral cancer examination.

National Dental Hygienists Week

Next week is National Dental Hygienists week April 9-15, 2016 (April is also Oral Health Month).  Please visit our appointment page to schedule your next dental hygiene appointment.  If you are an existing client who needs to schedule an appointment select existing client, choose your provider and the time that fits into your schedule.  Once your appointment is scheduled you will receive a notification that you have scheduled an appointment.

Top 10 Oral Heath Tips




 Teeth Trivia and Answers


Amie’s Blog Journey – April 5th, 2016

It has been 4 months since my chemotherapy treatment has finished. Just recently I went to the hospital for my 3-month oncology check-up. My blood was taken and reviewed, “it looked good”. I was physically examined and that “looked good”. I feel like one of the lucky ones, I survived! I am thrilled to be integrating back into my life.

I want to thank everyone for the continued support while I was ill. Your kind words and encouraging thoughts gave me the continued strength to persevere through the grueling treatment.

It is now back to business for me at Heritage Dental Hygiene. I am available to take appointments part –time, on Mondays, Tuesday afternoon/evening, and Wednesdays. Rachel is available full-time to continue to see you for your dental hygiene needs. Jessica is available on Thursday and Fridays.

We have some exciting new products to introduce to our clients for 2016 all to help you achieve a healthy mouth in 2016!

I look forward to seeing you,

Amie Banting RRDH

Amie’s Blog Journey – November 5th, 2015

Today after 16 weeks of adjuvant chemotherapy, I completed my last infusion “Round 8”. My journey was long and hard, it presented me with many physical and mental tests. This is a journey that you cannot take on your own. I am forever grateful to my two primary General Physicians’. They insisted on comprehensive diagnostic testing and follow up on what appeared as a “normal” pea size bump on an otherwise healthy 35 year old. Without their diligent monitoring my tumour could have been left and forgotten until I presented with more advanced symptoms. I am Thankful to the Surgeons, Oncologist, and Nurses who cared for me. Thank you to my immediate family for the daily care they provided to me. Thanks to the team at my office for keeping the doors open and taking care of our clients. Thanks to my caring supportive friends and clients, I needed your inspiration and good thoughts. Inside the Chemotherapy Suite at the Walker Family Cancer Centre once you complete your treatment you are given the privilege of hitting the “gong”. I was patient number 1130 to hit the gong. I wanted to share a short video with you of me hitting the gong and putting this journey behind me. I feel happy, grateful and relieved!



Finish Line:

Click to see me hit the GONG!