Is your child nervous about their upcoming dental visit? It is normal for children to feel anxious about new things, especially when they don’t know exactly what to expect. After all, dental anxiety is a common issue for adults as well. The good news is that there are all sorts of children’s books out there that were written to help parents help their kids feel more comfortable about their routine dental visits. A children’s dentist has a few recommendations that may be just what your child needs.
Curious George Visits the Dentist by Margret and H. A. Rey
After Curious George discovers that one of his teeth is wiggly, he and the man in the yellow hat head to the dentist. This story by Margret and H. A. Rey covers the silly monkey’s exciting yet mischievous time at his first trip to the dental office. In the end, he discovers that there is nothing to be afraid of at all!
Peppa Pig: Dentist Trip by Mark Baker and Neville Astley
In this popular story written by Mark Baker and Neville Astley, Peppa Pig helps her little brother, George, handle his very first visit to the dentist. Even though George is quite nervous, she is able to help him relax by sharing some nice words of wisdom. It may be just what your child needs to have peace-of-mind about their upcoming visit.
The Berenstain Bears Visit the Dentist by Stan Berenstain
In this fun classic written by Stan Berenstain, the Berenstain family visits the dental office. It discusses several aspects of your child’s appointment including professional teeth cleanings and cavity checks. Your kids’ favorite storybook characters need to visit the dentist sometimes too!
Doctor De Soto by William Steig
This story describes the tale of a small mouse dentist named Doctor De Soto and his animal patients. When a fox shows up with a toothache, the little dentist shows that he is a generous and loving doctor who wants to help his patients feel better. This book by William Steig is sure to show the dental office in a positive light which may be just what your child needs.
Just Going to the Dentist by Mercer Mayer
You may remember the characters from this classic series written by Mercer Mayer. This picture book covers many different parts of the dental experience that your child can expect to see. This includes teeth cleanings, routine x-rays, and even filling a cavity! If your child needs to have some decay taken care of, this is especially a good option to make them feel more comfortable about their upcoming treatment.
Daniel Goes to the Dentist by Alexandra Cassel Schwartz
Believe it or not, Tigers can get scared sometimes too! In this children’s book by Alexandra Cassel Schwartz, Daniel Tiger has a nice experience at the dental office. His kind and patient dentist explains everything that goes on during his visit as it happens. This can help to take away the mystery of your child’s visit. Some things are best with no surprises.
Your child’s first visit to the dental office can be scary, but after going through these books and talking to them about the process, they will be able to gain a better understanding of how it works. This way, they can put on their brave face and have nothing to fear!
About the Author
Dr. Tera Pollock earned her Doctor of Dental Surgery from Baylor College of Dentistry and has been working in the field for well over 20 years. She offers sedation dentistry for patients who are especially distressed so they can receive treatment while in a more relaxed state. For more information or to schedule an appointment for your child, visit her website or call (469) 284-8895.