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Let’s face it, getting kids excited about the dentist can sometimes feel like pulling teeth. Yet in reality, dental care visits are a thrilling and joyous experience – at least, that’s what the Berenstain Bears say!

Children’s literature has the unique capability of transforming a once terrifying inevitability into a highly anticipated adventure. Here’s one mother’s list and review of 10 books about teeth and dentistry that helped her child overcome the common fear.

…Who knows, you might find they come in handy around your household as well!

The Tooth Book – Dr. Seuss
How many Teeth? – Paul Showers
The Tooth Book: A guide to Healthy Teeth and Gums – Edward Miller
Truman’s Loose Tooth – Kristine Wurm
Junie B., First Grader: Toothless Wonder – Barbara Park
Throw Your Tooth on the Roof – Selby Beeler
Open Wide: Tooth School Inside – Laurie Keller
The Berenstain Bears Visit the Dentist – Stan and Jan Berenstain
Show Me Your Smile! (Dora the Explorer) – Christine Ricci/Robert Roper
Elmo Visits the Dentist – P.J. Shaw
So, encourage your child to join some of their favorite fictional characters as they turn the page and start a new chapter in life – you might notice their smile get a little wider!