Q&A: Patrons ask; librarians answer: How do I teach my child not to fear the dentist?

Q&A: Children's librarians answer questions from children, parents, caregivers, and teachers, all day, every day. Question of the day: I’m taking my son to the dentist. I don’t want him to have the same phobias I have! Do you have any great books that will put both of us at ease?

Q: Do you have any books about visiting the dentist?  It’s my son’s first trip to the dentist, and I don’t want him to have the same phobias I have!  Do you have any great books that will put both of us at ease?

A: Yes, as a matter of fact we do.  To quote Mr. Rogers, “Learning to take good care cover image of Mr. Rogers book Going to the Dentistof yourself is an important part of growing. No matter how much you grow, though, there will always be times when you’ll need help keeping your body healthy. That’s true for everyone – children and adults.” His is still my favorite book, even though it was published in 1989. (The waiting room furniture is retro-trendy now.) Why did anyone bother publishing anything else after that?

Okay, okay, despite the multi-cultural kids, dentists of both genders, and spot-on child-friendly language of Fred Rogers, you still believe there might be other books for you!  If you want more books that tell your child what happens at a dental visit, and show more modern equipment, try these:

cover of book Dentist by Stockham            

In between visits, if you’re trying to make sure everyone in the family keeps up their dental hygiene practices, try some of these books about self-care:

     

If your child has reached the age where baby teeth are coming out, he or she might like some of these books – some are just silly, some are about the Tooth Fairy, and some give us an opportunity to learn about world cultures:

               

Oh! ¿Quieres leer un libro en español? Prueba con estos: Oh! You want to read a book in Spanish? Try these:

      

Finally, if you’re way beyond your first visit, here are some suggestions for readers ages 6 & up, and some for kids even older & into orthodontia:

      

As a person who experienced dental anxiety, I can tell you this; I now love my family dentist, our orthodontist, and even our periodontist. However, if I can, I want to help you keep your family away from the endodontist! Seriously.  I spent too many hours in the dental care world this summer. 

Okay, here's 2 bonus books because you made it to the end:

 

Give us a big smile, now!

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