Getting children comfortable with the idea of having a stranger take a close look inside their mouths presents a challenge for many parents and caregivers. Adding a few fun books about visiting the dentist to the bedtime story rotation or reading a story about kids who enjoy their regular checkups can help kids feel more at ease.
Dental checkups are necessary for the health and well-being of every child. There are many ways to help kids feel good about seeing their dentist. Here are three dental books for kids that may help make regular visits a lot less stressful for everyone involved.
USB First Experiences: Going to the Dentist by Anne Civardi
This book helps children process their anxiety in a healthy way. Written by experts who understand how to make kids feel good about new situations, this book is a quick read that will put little ones at ease before and during their dentist appointments.
Little Critter: Just Going to the Dentist by Mercer Mayer
This story about a first-time visit to the dentist is ideal for young children. In this story, the main character, Little Critter, learns that seeing the dentist can be fun and certainly isn’t anything to fear. This book is ideal for kids aged 4-6.
ABC Dentist by Harriet Zierfert
Perfect for kids aged 5-7, this basic and light-hearted book is a great introduction to the dentist. The author is well-known for communicating somewhat complex topics to kids in a way that they immediately connect with, and this book is no exception.