As summer rapidly comes to a close, the focus is switching from play and outdoor activities to school and learning. Many parents also use this time for a back to school dental visit, before the homework starts to pile up and the flurry of fall activities get into full swing. After a looser evening schedule for the kids during vacations or having them away at camp, this is also the time of year when parents resume the routine of bedtime story reading. Many of our parents ask us for some ideas on books that promote positive attitudes about dental visits and healthy oral habits.
Park View's Point of View
At Park View Pediatric Dentistry, we believe in doing all that we can to make going to the dentist an enjoyable experience. From our brightly colored subway-themed office to goody bags, iPads and waiting room activities— we make checkups and oral health education something children feel good about. When our efforts are supported by our parent’s efforts at home, it’s a win-win situation. Reading your children any number of the wonderful, charming books on visiting the dentist or taking care of teeth is an excellent, entertaining way to do this. Plus, books from our childhood tend to leave a lifetime impression.
Here are some great suggestions and reviews:
— Maisy, Charley, and the Wobbly Tooth: A Maisy First Experience Book
by Lucy Cousins
On his first trip to the dentist, with a wobbly tooth, Charley gets lots of moral support from Maisy and friends. Since it is his very first dental visit, he’s a little nervous. Luckily, Maisy, Tallulah, Eddie, and Cyril are happy to accompany their toothy alligator friend to the dentist’s office, where they make some fun discoveries. This book is part of the popular series, A Maisy First Experience Book.
— Sugarbug Doug: All About Cavities, Plaque, and Teeth
by Dr. Ben Magleby
Follow these cartoon-like “sugarbugs” as they try to destroy teeth and ruin breath. Children learn what it takes to stop these oral health villains so that they can keep their teeth healthy for a lifetime. Sugarbug Doug is a children’s book written and illustrated by a dentist to help children learn what causes dental disease. Many parents and dental professionals report that this book is one of the most fun ways to convey valuable oral health education.
— Brush Your Teeth, Please: A Pop-up Book
by Leslie McGuire.
Young children get to imitate a chimp brushing its teeth back and forth and a shark that flosses every day! Kids will have lots of fun learning about proper dental hygiene with this engaging, delightful pop-up book. Many parents report that children take this book into the bathroom with them, and that it was the cure for the resistant brusher!
—Throw Your Tooth on the Roof: Tooth Traditions from Around the World
by Selby Beeler
Many of our children put their baby teeth under their pillow after they lose them and wait for the tooth fairy. Not if you live in Botswana! In Botswana, children throw their teeth onto the roof. In Afghanistan they drop their teeth down mouse holes, and in Egypt they fling their teeth at the sun! Travel around the world and discover the surprising things children do when they lose a tooth. Kids and adults alike enjoy this book on teeth traditions around the globe.
Happy reading! We appreciate all of our parents’ efforts to teach healthy oral habits.
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