A child who learns great dental health habits becomes an adult with great dental health habits. The American Dental Association sponsors “National Children’s Dental Health Month” every February, in hopes of raising awareness among children (and their parents) about the importance of maintaining good oral health.
But how can a family incorporate National Children’s Dental Health Month into their daily lives this February? Sometimes the best way to capture a child’s imagination is within the pages of a good book! Below you will find a few children’s book recommendations that you can read with your little one to help him or her to develop better oral health habits while celebrating National Children’s Dental Health Month.
“Leila’s First Trip to the Dentist (Sugar Bug Tales)” – by Humairah Shah “Leila’s First Visit to the Dentist” educates children about what to expect when they visit the dentist for the first time. It helps take away the fear of unknown and makes the trip less stressful. Find it on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Leilas-First-Visit-Dentist-Sugar-ebook/dp/B01LX9QP5M/ref=sr_1_1_sspa?ie=UTF8&qid=1516297526&sr=8-1-spons&keywords=a+visit+to+the+dentist&psc=1
“Berenstain Bears Visit the Dentist” by Stan & Jan Berenstain —Come for a visit in Bear Country with this classic First Time Book® from Stan and Jan Berenstain. Join Mama, Papa, Brother, and Sister for a trip to the dentist where they’ll get checked for cavities, have their teeth cleaned, and learn all about the tools a dentist uses to help keep teeth healthy. Includes over 50 bonus stickers! Find it on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Berenstain-Bears-Visit-Dentist/dp/0394848365/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1516297526&sr=8-2&keywords=a+visit+to+the+dentist
“Curious George Visits the Dentist” by H. A. Rey – Curious George bites into a shiny apple made of wax and his tooth begins to hurt. When George shows his wiggly tooth to the man with the yellow hat, he takes George to the dentist. It’s his first time, and George is nervous, but he overcomes his fear and learns about better dental hygiene—with a little good-natured mayhem on the side! With art in the style of H. A. Rey, this engaging story will show young readers that there is nothing scary about wobbly teeth and that a visit to the dentist can actually be fun! Includes activities and information about healthy teeth, plus a sheet of stickers to celebrate good brushing habits or a successful dentist visit. Find it on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Curious-George-Visits-Dentist-Rey/dp/0544146875/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1516297526&sr=8-3&keywords=a+visit+to+the+dentist
“My First Visit to the Dentist (I May Be Small But I Got Teeth!)” by Dr. Rose O. Wadenya —I May Be Small But I Got Teeth! is a series of picture books written for children ages two to six years. Dental care for these little ones can be a daunting task for parents, especially when a two-year-old says, “I want to brush by myself.” The books in this series aim to help children learn about their teeth; the different types, their function, and why it’s necessary to keep them clean. The books are easy to read with great illustrations that will inspire younger children when it comes to oral care. Each tale will leave young kids giggly, curious, knowledgeable and unafraid to go to the dentist. My First Visit to the Dentist is a story that shows young children what they should expect when they go to the dentist for the first time. Rosie is nervous at first, but soon feels more relaxed when she sees other children there, too. Linda and Doctor Zoey introduce the various equipment and tools used during a routine visit, which helps Rosie to understand what’s going on. Rosie has a great experience and looks forward to her next visit with Doctor Zoey and her team. This picture book, with wonderful illustrations, makes for perfect reading when it comes to sensitizing young children to the concept of visiting the dentist. https://www.amazon.com/First-Visit-Dentist-Small-Teeth/dp/1546495797/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1516297526&sr=8-4&keywords=a+visit+to+the+dentist
As parents we try to ensure that our children are healthy and happy and grow into healthy and happy adults. Celebrate National Children’s Dental Health Month with your little ones by sharing a good book that will teach them the importance of great oral hygiene. The next step is to schedule their appointment for their cleaning & checkup. We start seeing patients (on average) at 3 years old for regular cleanings. Of course, we will see younger patients as well!
Contact us today to get your child scheduled for their next (or first) dental appointment! Get them started early so they’ll take care of their dental health as they grow. (630) 420-2790