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Great Books to Start Kids on Oral Hygiene

Posted on August 19th, 2014 by

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If your child detests the toothbrush or is terrified of the Lakeview dentists, you are not alone. Many parents have children who oppose good oral hygiene for one reason or another. But that does not mean parents should give up and let their children suffer the painful consequences later on; that only makes things worse. Instead, try reading oral themed children’s books. Here are 8 examples of books that optimistically present the benefits of good dental care in a way that is simple and easy to understand. Check them out and see what your child thinks.

8 Books That Teach Tots to Take Care of Their Teeth

Taking good care of your teeth, whether you’re an adult or a child, is admittedly not always an easy task. After all, even the most diligent tooth brushers and flossers might still discover an occasional cavity. So how’s a parent supposed to instill good oral hygiene habits with such an uncertain outcome? Parents at a loss for words might find these books useful in explaining why kids should treasure their teeth while promoting positive dental experiences. After all, experts say good oral hygiene starts at an early age — and who doesn’t want to see their child beaming a happy, sparkling smile?

The Tooth Book

The Tooth Book by classic children’s author Dr. Seuss talks about who has teeth, who doesn’t, and how to keep the ones you have.


Elmo Visits the Dentist

Brushing your teeth and visiting the dentist can be fun with the help of everyone’s favorite furry monster in Elmo Visits the Dentist, according to Elena L.


Brush, Brush, Brush!

The board book Brush, Brush, Brush! uses rhyme, rhythmic text and colorful illustrations to encourage reluctant toddlers to embrace their toothbrush.


Melvin the Magnificent Molar!

Melvin the Magnificent Molar shows kids how to make sure they will have happy teeth and healthy smiles that will last them a lifetime. A companion poster that details what to expect from a dental hygienist is available from the National Center for Youth Issues.



Junie B., First Grader: Toothless Wonder

Mom Jo W. read Junie B., First Grader: Toothless Wonder to her daughter so that she wouldn’t freak out when she started losing her baby teeth. “Every time she loses a tooth, we read the book again,” for reinforcement, she says.


The Tooth Book: A Guide to Healthy Teeth and Gums

The Tooth Book: A Guide to Healthy Teeth and Gums, which was named a Bank Street Best Children’s Book of the Year, provides straightforward advice and a bit of history to explain why taking good care of your teeth and gums is an important part of maintaining overall health.


Pony Brushes His Teeth

Because Pony Brushes His Teeth with the help of his daddy horse, this board book is likely to resonate with dads who are trying to teach their children how to take care of their teeth.



Open Wide: Tooth School Inside

Open Wide: Tooth School Inside is full of interesting facts that will help young readers laugh while gaining a better appreciation for why their teeth beckon them to brush and floss. Ashley T. says a book like this one taught her son all about the different teeth — molars, canines, incisors — and encourages her son to brush each and every tooth.
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