Top 10 Children’s Dental Books
While choosing a pediatric dentist for your little one is definitely the first step in ensuring they have a positive experience from the start, your child may not be ready to ‘say ahh’ just yet. To prepare your kids for their first dental appointment, we put together a list of some of our favorite books for children about going to the dentist and oral health. Try reading these books to your bundle of joy several times before their upcoming appointment and it may help them view a trip to the dentist as a lot less scary and a bit more fun. Here are another 10 books to help.
Do you remember your first visit to the dentist? It probably wasn’t one of your favorite childhood memories. Murkoff’s What to Expect When You Go to the Dentist explains who dentists are, what they do, and why they use funny-looking tools. The content also covers how good oral hygiene and regular visits to a pediatric dentist can lead to a healthy smile. This will help prepare your little one for their upcoming dental appointment and turn it into a comfortable and positive experience.
Doctor De Soto is a captivating story of a mouse dentist who treats his animal patients with the help of his wife. Steig (the author) does an amazing job portraying a lovable and compassionate character who isn’t afraid to treat predators like Mr. Fox. Since the patients Dr. De Soto treats feel no pain under his care, reading this book to your child can help them view dental checkups as painless but necessary appointments.
As part of the Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood series, author Schwartz takes us through Daniel’s first visit to the dentist. Since Daniel is feeling a little nervous, Dr. Platt explains what she’s doing each step of the way. Removing the mystery of each dental aspect and making Daniel more comfortable during his checkup. It’s the perfect book to read to a toddler or preschooler who needs some reassurance before they take a seat in Dr. Jeff’s chair.
Every other page in this book starts with a question such as “Will going to the dentist hurt?” and “Why does the dentist wear gloves and a mask?”. Answering each question in a matter-of-fact sort of way that somehow also instills confidence and offers reassurance. Maybe because it includes photos of actual smiling kids and dentists rather than illustrations but we’ll never know for sure. Try reading it to your child and you may come up with a different answer.
Just as the title suggests, this book helps children see “scary” dentists as their friends. My Dentist, My Friend gives a step-by-step guide through a typical dental visit without being too graphic or dwelling on the dental procedures. Its positive reassuring tone makes it a wonderful option for older kids or adults who’ve already had a bad dental experience.
While many of the books in our list appeal more to toddlers and preschoolers, this one is a great option for school-aged kids. The author, Dr. Seuss, takes us through the purpose of teeth—explaining how they grow and how we can better take care of them. After a read, there’s a good chance your child will take more interest in taking care of their teeth—that includes braving a visit to our favorite pediatric dentist, Dr. Jeff.
7. Celebrate! Going to the Dentist
Yes, Sophia Day gives us a reason to celebrate. Your child may not be ecstatic about their next dental appointment but this book for kids does a wonderful job allaying fears and anxieties. The author takes us through each aspect of a dental checkup using diverse lovable characters and beautifully detailed illustrations. Helping school-going kids see how an otherwise scary appointment can be a fun experience.
Dental anxiety is a common phobia… even in kids. Gomi tells the story of Crocodile who has a toothache. While he knows he needs to see the dentist, he’s afraid of going. It also happens that the dentist fears treating Crocodile as he may accidentally bite his arm with his sharp teeth. Both characters conquer their fear and choose to go on with the appointment. Reading this book may help your child see dentists as normal people, with fears and all.
Meet an upbeat girl who’s looking forward to her dental appointment in this tale from dental hygienist Grider. She imagines what her appointment would be like if her dentist were an animal like a turtle or an octopus. But because dentists aren’t animals but “someone just like you and me”, there’s nothing to fear. And with those words, the young girl is ready for her checkup. This book will have the apple of your eye giggling from the bubbly rhymes and the mesmerizing colorful artwork. Note that this book also comes with a line picture of a child seated in the dentist’s chair, a quiz, a word search, and a brush and floss chart.
10. Off We Go to the Dentist
Off We Go to the Dentist does a fantastic job helping kids with special needs with their “first-time” experiences doing things like visiting the dentist. This particular book provides a great deal of useful information on the unexpected lights, smells, and people you’ll meet at the dental office. It removes the mystery of a dental checkup and allows your child to visualize exactly what a visit to the dentist looks like. It’s a wonderful book not only for children with special needs but also toddlers, preschoolers, and kids who speak English as a second language.
Get the kids ready for dental checkups.
Books are a great way to get kids ready for a visit to the pediatric dentist. They provide simple descriptions of what happens in the dental office through lovable characters that your child can easily relate to. It’s a wonderful way to make “saying ahh” a little less scary and a lot more fun.
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