6 Books to Get Your Kids Excited About Visiting the Dentist

Books can be a big help in helping to prepare your child for what happens at the Dental Office. Below is a short list of some of my favorite books to get for your kids to help make that first (or second or third!) visit to the dentist a little easier on your kid (and you)!


My Dentist, My Friend by P.K. Halliman


This is a really sweet book in rhyme that does not talk about any of the potential negatives about going to the dentist. It is a step-by-step guide on how a visit to the dentist will be and is very reassuring to kids. I suggest even role playing what you see in the book with your kid to make them feel comfortable about their future visit.



How Many Teeth? by Paul Showers


This book has been a constant on bookshelves for over 30 years (characters and certain stories updated since then) and gives kids an introduction to how many teeth they will have during the various stages of their life. It talks about what happens when little teeth fall out and big teeth grow in. Kids get excited about their “big” teeth coming out because it talks about how that means they are growing up and as we know, all kids love saying “I’m a big kid now.” ( Thank you to Toys ‘R Us for getting that song stuck in my head now).


The Tooth Book: A Guide to Healthy Teeth and Gums by Edward Miller


This book is especially good for older kids! It has fantastic illustrations and great dental advice about taking good care of your teeth. It talks about everything from what to do if you lose a tooth to what your kid should expect when visiting his/her pediatric dentist. It really makes dental hygiene fun experience for your kids!



Elmo Visits the Dentist


If your kids like Elmo and you’re having trouble getting them to sit still every time you utter the word “dentist,” then this is a good book for you to get. Elmo accompanies the “big bad wolf” to the dentist, where the dental assistant explains what is going to happen on the visit. The book is well written, has fun illustrations and is a great way to prepare your kid for their first visit to the dentist.


Dr. DeSoto and Dr. DeSoto Goes to Africa by William Steig


These books take a look at the dental team of Doctor DeSoto and his wife who is his dental assistant. They are two mice who run a dental practice and care for various animals (except for cats and other “dangerous” animals). Not only does it go through the process of a dental visit but it also lets your kid read about the different animals that go in to the DeSoto’s office for a visit. The great thing about these books is that they are quite witty and a joy to read for both kids and adults.



Open Wide: Tooth School Inside by Laurie Keller


This book takes 32 students (8 incisors, 4 canines, 8 premolars and 12 molars) to a class about how to care for your teeth and through some trivia questions. Dr. Flossman, the teacher, churns out fun facts about tooth care throughout the book. One fun sequence in the book is when they eat lunch during recess and the 2 quizzes that are given at the end of the book. The illustrations are beautiful and it is another book (along with the Dr. DeSoto books) that is a fun read for both kids and adults.


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Dr. Gelman lives in midtown Manhattan with her husband Shimon Shkury and her son Ariel Moshe who was born in July 2009. Dr. Gelman is dedicated to providing pediatric dental care in a warm, nurturing environment. She looks forward to welcoming you to her practice!