Whether it is a first visit or a returning visit, children can be a little bit nervous or scared to see a dentist. From regular visits to fluoride, children do not always know what to expect or understand what going to the dentist really means. We find that parents can help their children minimize their fears and ease their anxieties by preparing them first! (We also have a blog post here to help you prepare for a visit also!)
One great way to prepare your kids for a dental visit is by reading them books with characters that they are familiar with. Fun and engaging stories that kids can relate to are very effective in showing children why seeing a dentist is important and how a check-up can be a fun experience. We hope that our Kid’s Corner is helpful!
- Show Me Your Smile (Dora the Explorer)
- Barney Goes to the Dentist
- Elmo Visits the Dentist
- The Berenstain Bears Visit the Dentist
- Caillou at the Dentist
Click on the links to order them on Amazon, or look for these titles at your local library. We also encourage your child to check out this awesome interactive video on the Mouth Healthy Kids website about a boy named Marty, who is visiting the dentist for a check-up.
How to Teach Your Child How to Care for Their Teeth
There is tons of information on the Internet on how to teach children the best techniques for healthy and fun oral care and eating habits! Find informational websites and educational materials aplenty online – we choose some of our favorites here:
- Activity booklet from the American Dental Association
- Activity sheets from the excellent website Mouth Healthy Kids. Explore the rest of the Mouth Healthy Kids website with your child, too
- Colgate Kids, another great website with dental-related activities and games
Quick Tips and Information
We want to provide you with as much information as possible! This is a great resource area for parents or teachers who want to explain to kids how to have healthy teeth! See below for the downloadable files we have created for our patients.
“5 Tips to Better Oral Health For Your Child” – Quick tips on how to provide better oral care for your child, from brushing tips from the AAPD to when to see your pediatric dentist and how often!
“All About Cavities” – Did you know that cavities can lead to tooth decay? Or that using a fluoride toothpaste can help aid in prevention for cavities?
“DOs & DON’Ts For Healthy Teeth” – Visual infographic with easy to understand images for young children to show them what some healthy snacks or drinks are for healthy teeth.
“Facts About Fluoride” – Did you know fluoride is found in water? Learn how to better include fluoride for better dental health for your child!
“History of Orthodontics” From Ancient Egyptians to using gold wire, learn the origins of braces!
“Facts About Teeth” Teeth may be small, but they sure are interesting!
“Healthy Tools For Teeth” Do you know what the clear choices are in cleaning teeth?
No Cavity Club
Is your child awesome with their flossing and brushing? Every time your child comes in for a routine check-up and does not have any cavities, they will be entered into our “No Cavity Club!” We will have a drawing quarterly and winners will get a special prize and be featured right here on our website!* Prizes change every quarter and are always fun – so make sure to tell your child to brush twice daily and floss before bed. Kiddos with healthy oral habits should be rewarded and know that keeping their teeth beautiful and clean is fun. Please contact us for more information on our No Cavity Club and how to be entered.
*We will not feature pictures of children for parents who do NOT want their child on the website.