Introducing a child to a dentist and dental check ups are challenges for any parent. Because of this, I believe that every parent with a child under seven should have at least one children’s story book about visiting the dentist. These suggested children’s story books didn't only ease my child's fear, they also became her favorites.
Ay! May Bukbok Ang Ngipin Ni Ani!
Hiyas Books has a wide selection of story books that focus on childhood experiences. Ay May Bukbok ang Ngipin ni Anitells a story of a girl with a rotten molar, a candidate for tooth extraction. Her loving parents reassure her but she has an imaginary cavity monster stalking her, making her fear of going to the dentist build up every day. Her worries vanish when she meets the friendly dentist at his clinic. Other than the importance of dental care, this story explains that it's okay for a child to feel scared before seeing a dentist. It also relays what a child will experience when given a "sleeping shot". All's well that ends well with a "good patient" token from Dr. Dentist.
This book is published by Hiyas of OMF Literature and is available at popular bookstores at P65.
Barney Goes to the Dentist
Barney Goes to the Dentistis about going for a dental visit even before there's a tooth problem. It shows how dental equipment work and there's nothing to be scared of. In fact, it's enjoyable. It orients the reader on what a patient experiences once seated on the dental chair. With Barney as her companion, they learn how to brush their teeth properly and look forward to their next visit.
Available at Powerbooks for P165.
Ay May Bukbok Ang Ngipin Ni Ani has a Pinoy approach to the story. The way Ani's friends gathered around her, relating to her ordeal is a typically Pinoy child experience. The book is narrated in Tagalog narration and comes with an English translation. In Barney Goes to the Dentist, good ol' Barney saves the day. He’s the hero model leading children to learn that dental visits and brushing their teeth can be fun. Both story books are great for introducing dental care to kids.