Alpharetta, GA – Parents: we know just how hard it can be to get your kid into the dentist’s office. Heck, it’s even hard to get them to go to the bathroom before leaving the house.
We understand how scary dentist’s offices might seem, but getting your little ones to start going to the dentist as early as possible is key to preventing built-up plaque or cavities. When it comes to your child’s first visit to the pediatric dentist, it’s perfectly normal for them to be nervous. But sometimes, all it takes is that first step.
Starting up the conversation about teeth and how you can take care of them is a good way to get your kids thinking about oral care. And when the time comes to bring them in for their first visit, it might help them to know that some of their favorite storybook characters go to the dentist too!
The Tooth Book – Dr. Seuss
Who doesn’t love Dr. Seuss?! Share a laugh with your little one by reading The Tooth Book. This bedtime story is filled with fun and rhymes, but most importantly, it teaches kids about the importance of brushing! Like all good books, this story is entertaining and informational. Your children will love the poetic words of Dr. Seuss as a bedtime story.
According to the brilliant and intelligent Joshua S. from the Internet, “going to the dentist isn’t so scary either when Dr. Seuss has something to do with it!”. We completely agree, Joshua S.
The Berenstain Bears Visit the Dentist – Stan & Jan Berenstain
In this thrilling novel about the importance of family coming together as a united force when aliens begin to invade…
Wait, we’re thinking about the wrong book.
The Berenstain Bears is a classic children’s book that has been around since the 1960s. Over 360 books featuring the Bear family have been published, but this particular story is one of our favorites, of course!
In The Berenstain Bears Visit The Dentist, Brother and Sister Bear learn about how the dentist can help them take care of their teeth. This story about loose teeth and cavities will reassure your child that the dentist’s office is a wonderful place to learn about keeping your teeth clean.
Peppa Pig’s Dentist Trip – Scholastic Books
And now for our personal favorite: Peppa Pig!
In this adorable tale, Peppa and her brother, George, go to the dentist for a checkup. It is George’s first time at the dentist’s office, but Peppa shows him that taking care of his teeth can be lots of fun.
Your children will definitely enjoy Peppa’s loveable and sassy humor. This short story is perfect for bedtime, or as a gift for your kids’ first visit to the dentist!
The Night Before the Tooth Fairy – Natasha Wing
If your child has a wiggly tooth, this an excellent read. Sometimes, it can be a little difficult to pull that loose tooth out, but it’s actually quite important for your child’s dental health. Getting that tooth out will give the new adult tooth plenty of space to grow in healthily. If you need to get the tooth extracted professionally, this is the perfect book about the tooth fairy to motivate your child to go to the dentist’s office.
Just Going to the Dentist’s – Mercer Mayer
We love the Little Critters series and this book is no exception. If your child is afraid of cavities, this is the perfect picture book to tell show them that getting one filled isn’t scary at all. In fact, not getting cavities filled should be the scary prospect!
Here, your little one will realize that going to the dentist is simply that – just going to the dentist! There is no reason to be fearful or anxious at all. This book will definitely help with getting your kids to the dentist when they need to go.
With all the scary depictions of the dentist on TV and in books, it’s important to expose your children to the dentist in a positive light as well. This way, they won’t be scared when they go in for their dental exams and they will be more inclined to take good care of their teeth.
Here at New Generation Dentistry, our mini-patients love coming to our office! Our team of dentists in Mission Viejo are committed to ensuring that your child feels safe and comfortable when they get their teeth cleaned. Dr. Sara is our Mission Viejo pediatric dentist who specializes in caring for kids at every stage of development. She is trained specifically on how to treat children and communicate with them effectively.
Updated for 2018.