February is Children’s Dental Health Month, making it an excellent time of year to make sure your child is up-to-date on their dental treatments. But many parents struggle when it comes to making their child comfortable with the dentist and we want to help make that easier.
A book is an easy and fun way to help a child prepare for their visit with your Austin or Georgetown dentist, giving them an idea of what to expect and an opportunity to feel excited about the experience. Here are seven of our favorite books for children about visiting the dentist:
- “Just Going to the Dentist” by Mercer Mayer
This classic and heartwarming book follows Little Critter while he visits the dentist. It covers topics like x-rays, professional dental cleanings and even finding a cavity. It’s a great option for preparing your child for their visit to the dentist.
- “ABC Dentist: Healthy Teeth from A to Z” by Harrier Ziefert
If you want to combine learning the alphabet with helping your child feel confident about the dentist, then this book is for you! It covers 26 letter-specific entries that include facts about dental care, equipment, procedures and more.
- “My Dentistry, My Friend” by PK Hallinan
This book uses a fun rhyme scheme to discuss dental health topics like brushing and flossing, while also covering why seeing the dentist is important and what your child can expect during an appointment.
- “Sesame Street Ready, Set, Brush!” by Che Rodko
For children who are already familiar with Sesame Street characters like Elmo, this pop-up book is a fun option focused on proper tooth brushing, why it is essential and how seeing the dentist helps keep them healthy. It also uses a fun rhyme structure and a few interactive elements, making the whole process as entertaining as it is helpful.
- “Sugarbug Doug: All About Cavities, Plaque and Teeth” by Dr. Ben Magleby
Sugarbug Doug and its companion coloring book (sold separately) explains how sugar can damage teeth as well as how the dentist helps to keep their mouth healthy. It promotes proper oral care and also helps relieve many fears children may have about seeing the dentist.
- “Have You Ever Seen a Moose Brushing His Teeth?” by Jamie McClaine and April Goodman Willy
The rhyming structure and fun images chronicle a moose’s journey as he cares for his “toofers” and regains his “pearly whites” after neglecting his teeth.
- “Dentist Trip with Peppa Pig” by Scholastic
This tale follows Peppa and George, two beloved pig characters, as Peppa helps George prepare for his first dental visit. George is initially nervous, but Peppa shows him all of the ways a trip to the dentist can be fun, making it a great book for children who are experiencing some anxiety about their visit.