Regular bedtime reading has been shown to lead to better parent-child relationships and to boost brain development. Children find it very soothing and often themes in books can help them deal with the problems they face during their daily lives. It can be hard being a kid when things are constantly changing and evolving as they grow. One area that can be especially challenging is oral health. From teething to brushing to losing teeth and growing new ones, it can be a very confusing time for children. Here are a few books that really help kids face these uncertainties and gain new knowledge and comfort.
General Tooth Knowledge
The Tooth Book
By: Dr. Seuss
Even the amazing and iconic Dr. Seuss understood that you only get two sets of teeth and he set out in this book to entertain and educate. As always his books are great for all ages and never disappoint.
Brush Your Teeth, Please
By: Leslie McGuire
Written for toddlers, preschoolers, and kindergartners, this fun pop-up book follows animal favorites brushing their teeth and flossing. Some moms online have even described it as ‘the best book on teeth brushing I have ever seen.’
Loose Tooth Trouble
By: Melissa Bixby
This funny, light-hearted story follows a little boy named Bobby who receives some imaginative and hilarious ways to try to help his loose tooth come out once and for all. Great for all ages.
Just Going to the Dentist
By: Mercer Mayer
This classic Little Critter book is best for elementary aged kids and brave preschoolers as it does show the needle, an inevitable part of a cavity filling. But, it’s great for helping kids get a realistic but reassuring glimpse of what happens during an appointment for a filling.
Tooth Fairy Fun
By: Victoria Kann
The ever popular and adorable character, Pinkalicious, loses her sweet tooth and doesn’t know what to do. A book full of magical fairy tale creatures it’s perfect for preschool and elementary aged children.
By: Raina Telgemeier
This graphic memoir based on the author’s childhood is a #1 New York Times bestseller and winner of the Eisner Award. This book is great for kids in middle school or soon to be.
Learned oral habits encourage a lifetime of better hygiene and health. Bringing children to the dentist twice a year from an early age helps prevent any issues from going undiscovered and develops a positive relationship with dental care. To schedule an appointment or for any questions, call Dr. Pappas’ office today at 605-680-5356.