Books about Teeth and Oral Hygiene

17 Mar

Learning about teeth and oral hygiene can be fun – with the right book, that is! For this post I was lucky enough to collaborate with dentist Sam Weisz, co-author of the book Sugar Bugs. Keep reading to get some tips on choosing the right book from Dr. Weisz himself, and stay tuned after the jump for my top picks for preschool through grade 3.

Times have changed at the dentist.  Children today think the dentist is a fun and exciting place to visit. The books you choose prior to and after their checkup, play an important role in the long term health of their teeth.  It is important that any conversation about the dental visit is a positive one.  They get to ride in a big special comfy chair.  They learn about mister thirsty our special suction.  They get tooth vitamins, stickers, and a fun goodie bag with prizes.  Negative words like nervous, scared, hurt, and shots should never be a part of their vocabulary.  That means choosing a book that motivates children to brush is a priority.  The research is clear that children with good oral hygiene habits have far few cavities and grow into adults that enjoy easy healthy checkups at the dentist.  You will be surprised by the number of dental books out there that use all the wrong negative words and can instill fear around the dentist.  Use Katie’s book list as a guide to creating a fun atmosphere around visiting the dentist.  Treat going to the dentist like going to the park, and I promise healthier teeth, less visits, and a smaller financial burden at your checkups.

In Health,
Dr. Sam Weisz, D.D.S (Author of Sugar Bugs)

Connect with Dr. Weisz on Twitter @askmydentist.

Books about TeethFinding quality children’s literature about teeth and oral hygiene is no easy task! I should know – I read almost 20 different books at my local library while researching this list and very few made the cut!

Open WideOpen Wide: Tooth School Inside by Laurie Keller

For kids who like to laugh while they learn, Open Wide can’t be beat. Kids ages 5-9 won’t be able to get enough of this funny, fascinating book. The books covers everything from the anatomy of a tooth to dental care to fun teeth facts, and the illustrations, a mixture of paintings and collage, are absolutely incredible.

The Tooth BookThe Tooth Book by Edward Miller

Another great choice for elementary-school ages, this energetic book is clock-full of everything kids need to know about teeth! In addition to plenty of tooth facts and a great guide to brushing, flossing, and nutrition, the book also includes fun historical tidbits that will keep readers engaged.

Berenstain Bears Visit the DentistThe Berenstain Bears Visit the Dentist by Stan and Jan Berenstain

Fans of this series won’t be disappointed! Sister Bear has her first loose tooth, and plenty of anxiety to go along with it. Her worries go away when she gets to accompany Brother Bear on a trip to the dentist!

How Many TeethHow Many Teeth? by Paul Showers

This simple book makes an excellent introduction for preschool and kindergarten-aged kids. Readers will enjoy learning about the importance of teeth in babies, toddlers, kids, and adults. After reading this book, every kid will eagerly anticipate losing his or her first tooth!

Sugar BugsSugar Bugs by Dr. Sam Weisz and Erica Weisz

A boy named Robbie can’t get enough sugary treats, making his mouth the perfect home for a family of “sugar bugs” called the Mutans. Since Robbie never brushes his teeth, the Mutans family continues to grow and grow. Fortunately, Robbie’s parents decide that a trip to the dentist is in order. Can Dr. Sam help get Robbie’s mouth back on track?

What Do The Fairies Do With All Those TeethWhat Do the Fairies Do With All Those Teeth? by Michel Luppens

This one is just for fun, but it was one of my all-time favorites as a kid. Three bewitching tooth fairies fly around collecting teeth, begging the question – what do they do with them? The fairies are seen stringing teeth onto necklaces, using teeth to make maracas, creating sets of false teeth, and lots more. Whimsical illustrations and an imaginative story make this one a winner.

24 Responses to “Books about Teeth and Oral Hygiene”

  1. Tooth Fairy for Good Dentists March 18, 2014 at 3:03 pm #

    The Berenstein Bears one is one of my favs!

    • Katie March 19, 2014 at 7:36 am #

      Me too! Thanks for stopping by!

  2. Catherine March 19, 2014 at 12:50 am #

    Thank you for this list. I’m definitely going to check out The Berenstein Bears. I’m currently looking for books about losing first teeth but haven’t yet found any that I really like.
    Hopping over from the kid lit bloghop.

    • Katie March 19, 2014 at 7:38 am #

      The Berenstain Bears is definitely a classic. I remember reading it around the time I lost my first tooth! :)

  3. Resh March 19, 2014 at 10:19 am #

    oh my 20 books ! Love the list as always Katie! There are always nice new gems on your blog to discover :) Gotta go put this on my list.
    -Reshama @ Stackingbooks

    • Katie March 20, 2014 at 10:17 am #

      Thanks, Reshama!

  4. Julie Grasso March 19, 2014 at 5:49 pm #

    Katie, PERFECT TIMING… We are just at the point where we need to make little G’s first dentist appointment. This is a stellar list. Thank so much for another awesomely educational post at the Kid Lit blog Hop.

    • Katie March 20, 2014 at 10:15 am #

      That IS good timing! Glad I could help out, Julie!

  5. nishana March 19, 2014 at 9:19 pm #

    I have been thinking of teaching Dental hygiene to my little one. I am heading to find few of them. :) Thanks for your visit. Have a great day!

    • Katie March 20, 2014 at 10:15 am #

      Thanks for stopping by! :)

  6. craftybooksheeps March 20, 2014 at 9:27 am #

    Great list of books! My son is afraid of the dentist and maybe this books will help show my son that the dentist is nothing to be afraid of!

    • Katie March 20, 2014 at 10:16 am #

      I sure hope so!

  7. Keitha March 21, 2014 at 9:44 am #

    Great list of books! I am lucky that my son likes going to the dentist.

    • Katie March 21, 2014 at 12:38 pm #

      Lucky, indeed! :)
      Thanks for stopping by!

  8. krissottoh March 21, 2014 at 10:45 am #

    Love having this list. My kids so far have no idea that people are nervous or afraid of going to the dentist.

    • Katie March 21, 2014 at 12:38 pm #

      Kids with healthy teeth have nothing to be afraid of! ;)

  9. Jamie L. Saloff March 22, 2014 at 1:09 pm #

    I also love “So You Think It’s Easy to Be a Tooth Fairy?” by Sheri Bell-Rehwoldt.

  10. ccarpinello March 22, 2014 at 1:17 pm #

    What a great selection of kids’ dental books. I’m more familiar with The Berenstein Bears. Thanks so much for putting together this list.

  11. Stacie Theis March 22, 2014 at 5:09 pm #

    What a great collection of books. I think I need these for my teenagers! :) Thanks for sharing.

  12. (@Best4Future) March 24, 2014 at 4:56 am #

    It is a wonderful list on how to teach children to brush their teeth. Thank you so much for sharing it on Kid Lit Blog Hop!

  13. Tina at Mommynificent March 27, 2014 at 8:16 am #

    I never thought about how difficult it would be to find these! Thanks for doing all the leg-work for us, and thanks for sharing this at Booknificent Thursday!

  14. Renee @ Mother Daughter Book Reviewse March 30, 2014 at 9:18 am #

    I need to get that “Sugar Bugs” for my kids. I like how it makes that direct connection between sugary treats and dental care. Eating healthy is an important part of oral health so it’s great that there is that message in the book. My kids loved the Dora book on going to the dentist. It absolutely fascinated them and we all learned quite a bit through that little book!

    BTW, I have to comment on this statement above: “Children today think the dentist is a fun and exciting place to visit.” I don’t think my children would say it’s a fun and exciting place to visit even with how kid-friendly our dentist’s office is. lol

    Thanks for sharing in the Kid Lit Blog Hop.

    • Renee @ Mother Daughter Book Reviews March 30, 2014 at 9:20 am #

      Oh, also, just wanted to let you know that I’m pinning your great list! :-)


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