5 Children’s Books for Dealing with Dental Anxiety

July 7, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — coralkids @ 7:18 am
Dentist wearing mask talking to smiling child in green dental chair with equipment in the foreground

If your child is scared of going to the dentist, the last thing you want to do is make that fear worse. Explaining difficult topics to children can feel intimidating, but it doesn’t have to be. Thankfully, there are plenty of books and videos that can help! To ease your child’s discomfort, you want to let them know exactly what they can expect at their appointment so they know there’s nothing to fear. Here are 5 children’s books for dealing with dental anxiety that can help you have this heart-to-heart.

#1. The Crocodile and the Dentist by Tarō Gomi

This colorful children’s book depicts Crocodile’s visit to the dentist. In a humorous twist, both parties are fearful of the appointment! But in the end, everyone in the story stays intact and regular dentist visits are shown to be safe and even encouraged.

#2. Daniel Goes to the Dentist by Alexandra Cassel Schwartz

In this cute children’s book, it turns out that, whether you’re predator or prey, anyone can feel nervous about going to the dentist! However, Daniel Tiger’s dentist is kind and patient and eases his anxiety by walking him through every step of the appointment. This story allows your child to know exactly what to expect at their next checkup and portrays dentists in a positive light.

#3. Doctor De Soto by William Steig

Doctor De Soto is a mouse dentist working alongside his wife. This book stresses that his patients never feel any pain during their appointments because of his expertise, showing that dental checkups are nothing to fear! Originally, the De Sotos do not treat any “dangerous” animals, but when a fox comes in, they can’t bring themselves to turn him away. Doctor De Soto helps your child see dentists as kind and always there to help.

#4. My Dentist, My Friend by P.K. Hallinan

This lighthearted book helps children understand there’s nothing to fear about going to the dentist by portraying “scary” dentists as friends! It details what to expect during their appointment to ease any anxieties about the unknown. With this story, your child will understand that their dentist has their back.

#5. The Berenstain Bears Visit the Dentist by Stan Berenstain

Join Mama, Papa, Brother, and Sister for a trip to the dentist in Bear Country! In this classic choice, the Berenstain family get their teeth checked for cavities, cleaned, and learn all about the tools dentists use to maintain their patients’ oral health. Parents and kids alike can relate to this story, and your child will love this book longer than they’ve feared the dentist!

About the Practice

At Coral Kids Dentistry & Braces, your child’s smile is in the capable hands of Dr. Rullo and Dr. Khan. Both pediatric dentists are highly experienced in helping children and families alike overcome their fears, doubts, and uncertainties about dental services. The practice is determined to make treatment feel fun and safe and provides a 5-star experience for every patient regardless of if they’re there for a checkup or complex procedure. If you’re looking to ease your child’s dental anxiety, contact the Coral Kids Dentistry & Braces team at their website or by phone at (905) 684-5437.

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