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Children should visit the dentist twice per year for a healthy mouth. In addition, regular visits help kids to become comfortable and friendly with the dentist and staff.  If your child has worry or fear about seeing the dentist, try playing dentist at home. Positive and colorful books about going to the dentist are also helpful. Here are a few book suggestions with favorite characters that your kids may enjoy.

Summaries from barnesandnoble.com

Curious George Visits the Dentist

by H. A. Rey

Curious George bites into a shiny apple made of wax and his tooth begins to hurt. When George shows his wiggly tooth to the man with the yellow hat, he takes George to the dentist. It is his first time, and George is nervous, but he overcomes his fear and learns about better dental hygiene—with a little good-natured mayhem on the side!

The Berenstain Bears Visit the Dentist

by Stan Berenstain

Join Mama, Papa, Brother, and Sister for a trip to the dentist where they’ll get checked for cavities, have their teeth cleaned, and learn all about the tools a dentist uses to help keep teeth healthy. This classic Berenstain Bears story is the perfect way to calm children’s nerves about going to the dentist!

Dentist Trip (Peppa Pig Series)

by Scholastic

Peppa and George are going to the dentist today. It’s George’s first visit, so he is a little nervous–but Peppa shows him that a trip to the dentist can be lots of fun! Peppa Pig is a good role model for her younger brother, and the two have a delightful experience with Dentist Elephant.

Show Me Your Smile! A Visit to the Dentist (Dora the Explorer)

by Nickelodeon Publishing

It is time for Dora the Explorer’s checkup at the dentist. Dora explores the dentist’s office, gets her teeth cleaned, and more! She even gets a special treat for being such a good patient!

Maisy, Charley, and the Wobbly Tooth

by Lucy Cousins

Maisy’s friend Charley has a wobbly tooth! He is going to the dentist for the first time, and he’s a little nervous. Luckily, Maisy, Tallulah, Eddie, and Cyril are happy to accompany their toothy friend to the dentist’s office, where they make some fun discoveries: a twirly chair that goes up and down, a special cup to spit in, and a proper tooth-brushing demonstration.