We want children have a more positive view of going to the dentist. Preventing and alleviating the fear associated with dental visits is important in encouraging future overall oral health. Adults who are not afraid to go to the dentist are more likely to keep up with regular visits and be proactive in the care of their teeth. Parents can play a vital role by helping your child not be afraid of the dentist and these six fun books are a terrific way to do that. We’ve included links to Amazon.com for each, but you can find these at any of your other favorite book retailers as well.
The Berenstain Bears Visit the Dentist
Sister Bear watches Dr. Bearson fill Brother Bear’s small cavity. Then it’s her turn in the chair to have a dangling baby tooth removed. An entertaining story for preschoolers of a cheerful and informative visit to a dentist. Read More on Amazon.
The Crocodile & the Dentist
When Crocodile visits the dentist, both are fearful of the experience, in a humorous, colorfully illustrated story in which everyone ends up intact and regular dental care is encouraged. Read More on amazon.com.
Show Me Your Smile!: A Visit to the Dentist
It’s time for Dora’s checkup at the dentist. Dora explores the dentist’s office, gets her teeth cleaned, and more! She even gets a special treat for being such a good patient! Read More on amazon.com.
What to Expect When You Go to the Dentist
With the help of Angus, the lovable Answer Dog, best-selling author Heidi Murkoff extends a hand to children and parents as they tackle life’s first experiences together. When you were growing up, chances are visiting the dentist wasn’t your favorite thing to do. Luckily for your child there have been many changes around the dentist’s office since your first visit — changes that have made “opening up wide” a lot less scary and a lot more fun. Read More on amazon.com.
Just Going to the Dentist
Mercer Mayer’s very popular Little Critter is on his way to the dentist. It’s a thorough check-up, complete with dental x-rays. When Dr. Ghum insists on filling a cavity, Little Critter goes through it bravely. The visit is painless to the reader because of Little Critter’s funny, honest way of look at things — including the world of dentistry. Read More on amazon.com.
Look! My Tooth Is Loose!
Every kid looks forward to losing that first wobbly, jiggly, loose baby tooth. But why do we have baby teeth in the first place? And why do they fall out? And, most of all, is pulling teeth really as painful as-well, pulling teeth? From getting and losing their first set of teeth to growing and taking care of their second and last set, kids will learn all about teeth. Read More on amazon.com.