Prepare your child for the dentist with storytime.
Does your little one have a dentist’s appointment on the calendar? If so, they might be feeling a little unsure about what to expect. One of the best ways to bond with them and calm their concerns? Find books about going to the dentist for kids, and read them together!
There’s nothing like curling up with your children for storytime, especially when the stories are full of empowering messages. Today, we’re sharing 10 of our favorite books that talk about our favorite subject in a way that even your littlest ones can understand.
1. Dora Goes to the Dentist
Grouped together with “Dora Goes to the Doctor,” “Dora Goes to the Dentist” is a 2-in-1 book that’s interactive and exciting enough to quell even the tiniest nerves. Not only can little readers follow along as Dora explains every part of her visit to the dentist, but she lets them in on the fun, too! Your children will enjoy looking for dentist tools and following along with instructions, such as “Open wide!” The best part? There are more than 50 stickers to place on different pages!
2. Brush, Brush, Brush!
Does your child enjoy learning and reciting rhymes? If so, they’ll love “Brush, Brush, Brush!,” designed to be sung to the tune of “Do Your Ears Hang Low?” The verses in this book are short, sweet, and easy to memorize, and the illustrations are bright and cheerful. It’s also full of tips to help your children learn the proper way to brush their teeth. This is an easy way to make teeth-brushing one of the most fun parts of your day!
3. Peppa Pig: Dentist Trip
Children around the world love following along as Peppa goes on adventures with Mummy Pig, Daddy Pig, and her baby brother, George. “Peppa Pig: Dentist Trip” is a great way to introduce your children to the basics of visiting the dentist. When the siblings go to their appointment together, they bring readers along for the journey! It’s George’s first visit, so Peppa explains how everything works, including what to expect from their dentist, Dr. Elephant.
4. Just Going to the Dentist
How many parents grew up reading The Little Critter series? Fans of beloved children’s author Mercer Mayer will adore following along as Little Critter visits the dentist and checks everything out. While there, he discovers that he has a cavity, but soon learns there’s nothing to fear! From x-rays and cleanings to the funny feeling of getting your mouth numbed, “Just Going to the Dentist” covers it all.
5. Elmo Visits the Dentist
Even Sesame Street characters get toothaches! When the Big Bad Wolf discovers that he needs to visit the dentist, Elmo is right there to cheer him on. He even accompanies him to the office so he can explain everything. Especially if you have a little one who needs dental work done, ”Elmo Visits the Dentist” is an excellent and reassuring read.
6. ABC Dentist
Ideal for older children who have a longer attention span, “ABC Dentist” uses the alphabet to go into detail about lots of different topics relating to dental care. Diving into subjects ranging from “appointment” to “x-ray,” it’s a great resource for curious minds! While some topics are more in-depth than others, all are accompanied by eye-catching illustrations and detailed descriptions. Keep this one on the shelf and refer to it any time a question about the dentist comes up!
7. Vera Goes to the Dentist
To a child, one of the most overwhelming parts of visiting the dentist might be the anticipation that builds up in the waiting room. This is why we love the narrative behind “Vera Goes to the Dentist.
Much of Vera’s story takes place in the waiting room, where she takes in every little detail of her surroundings. Once she’s in the dentist’s chair, she’s a little surprised by the loud noises and even takes off running at one point! This is a relatable, entertaining story that will keep your kids entertained from beginning to end!
8. The Berenstain Bears Visit the Dentist
The Berenstain Bears are another classic storybook family! In ”The Berenstain Bears Visit the Dentist,” the little bears are off to their dental appointment. There, they learn all about what dentists do, the tools they use, and the steps they follow to check your teeth. If the 50 bonus stickers aren’t enough to keep your children’s attention, there’s even a visit from the Tooth Fairy in this one!
9. Clark the Shark: Tooth Trouble
What happens when a shark gets a toothache? Even one of the strongest creatures in the ocean gets a little scared sometimes! “Tooth Trouble” is one of the many books in the Clark the Shark series, and it’s full of adventure!
As Clark faces his fears, he realizes that going to the dentist is nothing to be afraid of. It’s certainly not as scary as his biggest fear: a box of blue whales! Young readers will love the entertaining narrative, as well as the interesting facts about shark’s teeth in the back!
10. Curious George Visits the Dentist
When George goes to the dentist for the first time, of course he’s going to be as curious as ever! “Curious George Visits the Dentist” opens with everyone’s favorite monkey biting into an apple, which causes his tooth to become a little wobbly. When he tells The Man With the Yellow Hat about what happened, George goes to the dentist’s office for a checkup. There, he learns all about dental hygiene and what to expect when you sit in the big chair. Along the way, he manages to squeeze in plenty of merry-making mischief!
Read books about the dentist for kids together.
Whether they’re going in for a routine cleaning or they have their first toothache, it’s normal for kids to be a little apprehensive about visiting the dentist. Still, that doesn’t have to hold them back from enjoying their visit and maintaining a great dental care routine. These books for kids about visiting the dentist are a great way to introduce them to the idea, using characters and stories they’ll love!
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