When teaching your children proper oral hygiene habits, such as brushing, flossing, and regular trips to the dentist, you want to make sure these habits have a positive instead of a negative connotation. There are several ways to help you children look forward to and enjoy the time they spend taking care of their teeth. One of the best ways is to introduce your children to fun books that teach them good habits and show oral hygiene in a fun and interesting light. Here’s a quick look at some of our favorite books:
The Tooth Book by Dr. Seuss
In classic Dr. Seuss fashion, the Tooth Book used crazy character and fun verse to delve into the world of oral hygiene. Dr. Seuss shows your children who has teeth and who doesn’t, and also gives great instruction on what they need to do to keep their teeth healthy and strong.
Open Wide: Tooth School Inside by Lauri Keller
Keller takes her readers on an adventure into a day in the life at a tooth school. The students, the 32 teeth inside your mouth, take the pledge “And to the gums on which we stand, strong and healthy, with toothbrushes and toothpaste for all.” The book, recommended for kids age 5-9, walks through the anatomy of the teeth, the difference between baby and permanent teeth, and even introduces the Tooth Fairy. Brushing, and how it can protect them from tooth decay and cavities, is also taught, with fun instructions on how to brush the best.
Brush, Brush, Brush by Alicia Pardon
For your young children, Pardon creates a sing-songy book your children can sing while brushing their teeth.
The Tooth Book, by Edward Miller
Miller’s book, recommended for kids ages 4-8, is dedicated to teaching your children how to care for their teeth in a fun and entertaining way. The book gives great information and advice, has lively pictures, and makes oral hygiene accessible to your children.
Show Me Your Smile by Christine Ricci
Ricci uses the popular character Dora the Explorer to present a child’s first trip to the dentist. Your children can go along with Dora and understand just who the dentist is and what to expect when they make their first visit.