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4 Books to Help Your Child Feel Less Anxious About the Dentist

January 2, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — rozas @ 10:46 am
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Visiting the dentist, even just for regular preventive care, can be a stressful experience for both adults and children alike. It’s very possible for all of the bright lights, loud noises, and unfamiliar people to create feelings of anxiety and distress, and the whole ordeal can understandably end up being quite overwhelming for your little one. Fortunately, there are actually quite a few children’s books that can help prepare your child for their upcoming dental visit! Read on to learn a little more about a few of them.

The Berenstain Bears Visit the Dentist by Stan Berenstain

In this classic tale, the Berenstain family takes a trip to the dentist to have their smiles cleaned and checked for cavities. The story details everything that happens during the appointment so that your little one will know exactly what to expect when they get their teeth cleaned and inspected.

Curious George Visits the Dentist by Margret & H. A. Rey

When Curious George discovers his first loose tooth, he ends up visiting the dentist—where he quickly learns that there’s nothing to be afraid of! He ultimately ends up having a nice (and mischievous) time during his first dental appointment.

The Tooth Book by Dr. Seuss

Even though this book doesn’t detail a full dental visit like some of these other ones, it can still teach your child about the importance of strong and healthy teeth! It reinforces the fact that regular dental visits combined with excellent oral care can ensure that your pearly whites remain dazzling and vital. It also emphasizes the important role that teeth play in daily life; eating, talking, and smiling are all possible thanks to our teeth, and your child will be capable of grasping that concept.

Dentist Trip (Peppa Pig) by Scholastic

Peppa Pig is loved by children all over, and this story is certain to inspire your child to feel brave enough for their dental visit! In this story, Peppa helps her little brother George handle his first trip to the dentist, nerves and all. Peppa is finally able to calm George down with some inspirational words of wisdom, and she can do the same for your little one!

It’s natural for your child to feel nervous about their upcoming dental exam, but these books can definitely help them feel more confident and comfortable about being seated in the dental chair!

About the Author

Dr. Melissa Rozas received her dental doctorate from the University of Texas School of Dentistry in Houston and has proudly served patients and families in Coppell for several years. Her practice is thrilled to offer a wide range of pediatric dental services. If you would like to arrange a visit for your child, feel free to contact her practice online or over the phone for assistance: (972) 393-9779.

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