Proper dental hygiene is best learned at a young age, when habits learned are most likely to last a lifetime. Additionally, early education on what dentists do and preparation for a child’s first dentist visit can reduce a patient’s anxiety over an entire lifetime of dental visits. Children’s books on oral hygiene and dentists serve as wonderful teaching resources.
Brush Your Teeth Please by Leslie McGuire uses numerous animal characters to encourage youngsters to brush and floss regularly. Open Wide: Tooth School Inside by Laurie Keller teaches children all about their teeth and mouths, including what different parts are for and how to properly care for them. For discussions on losing baby teeth, some recommendations include Little Rabbit’s Loose Tooth by Lucy Bate, The Night Before the Tooth Fairy by Natasha Wing, and Dear Tooth Fairy by Alan Durant. Finally, to prepare children for their first dental visit, the books A Visit to the Dentist by Eleanor Fremont and The Berenstain Bears Visit the Dentist by Stan and Jan Berenstain both educate children and help to calm their fears.
About the Author: Katalina Ramirez, DDS, specializes in pediatric dentistry at her facility in Redwood Shores, California. She has regularly visited classrooms to educate children on proper dental care.