Teaching children how to brush and take care of their teeth is all part of our parental duties. But sometimes we need a little bit of help in getting them to understand why good dental hygiene is important.
Thankfully, we’re not alone in these efforts. There are plenty of books out there to help your child understand the importance of dental health. Here are some of our favorites:
The Tooth Book (Bright & Early Board Books) by Dr. Seuss
Dr. Seuss books have always been classic favorites when it comes to teaching kids about different aspects of life. This book touches on the purpose of teeth as well as how to care for them. With quirky illustrations and humor, this book explains the importance of oral hygiene so we can keep the pearly whites we have!
Brush, Brush, Brush! (Rookie Toddler) by Alicia Padron
This book makes brushing fun by adding a sing-along feel with cute, light-hearted phrasing for the whole family to enjoy! Not only does this book give lessons on how to brush your teeth, but it also poses questions to the reader about their own brushing routine. You can use this book as an interactive tool for teaching your child how to brush their teeth properly.
Have You Ever Seen A Moose Brushing His Teeth? by Jamie Mcclaine
If your child is an animal lover, then they will surely like this imaginative book about oral hygiene! In the book, the moose has neglected his giant “toofers” which are now a bit slimy. With adorable illustrations, the moose takes on the task to get his teeth in tip-top shape! The book demonstrates the importance of tooth care and encourages children to take on good and healthy oral habits!
The Berenstain Bears Visit the Dentist by Stan and Jan Berenstain
A visit to the dentist can be frightening for some kids. In this book, Sister Bear watches Brother Bear get a filling while she frighteningly waits to have her baby tooth removed! Reading this book with your child can be a great way to prepare them for a visit to the dentist, especially if they are scared. The book can help children realize that the dentist is a safe and fun place to be!
Sweet Tooth by Margie Palatini
If your child loves to eat sweets often, here’s a book to help explain the importance of eating vegetables over sugary foods. In this book, a little boy has a “sweet tooth” which has a mind of its own and gets him into trouble! With the personification of the “sweet tooth,” this fun book demonstrates how good nutrition benefits the health of your teeth and overall oral well-being. The illustrations paint humorous and delightful pictures to keep kids intrigued!
If you regularly read to your child, why not choose a book that teaches a valuable lesson about dental hygiene? If you would like more recommendations, contact us. We are here to help every step of the way by providing you and your child a meaningful, caring dental experience!