Story Books for Oral Health Education 

May 6th, 2020

One way to support your child in learning about oral health and care is through storybooks. Storybooks can be the perfect read to prepare your child before a dental visit or to enforce healthy oral habits. Below are some of our top picks!

Just Going to the Dentist

From Mercer Mayer’s classic Little Critter series, this heartwarming book is filled with plenty of humor and will help ease any worries about upcoming dental visits. In this book, Little Critter goes to the dentist for a check-up, takes a few x-rays, and even gets a filling for a cavity.

The Tooth Book: A Guide to Healthy Teeth and Gums

The Tooth Book provides oral care advice as well as some fun facts, history, and lore. The book helps answer a range of questions including what to do if you have lost a tooth, what to expect at dental visits, and how to floss. This book was recently named a Bank Street Best Children’s Book of the Year.

Sugarbug Doug

Written by dentist Dr. Ben Magelby, Sugarbug Doug helps children visualize how bacteria can cause cavities. With plenty of glowing reviews, this book teaches children about healthy eating habits and how to protect their teeth from sugarbugs! 

The Magic School Bus and the Missing Tooth

For a child who loves to learn about science, The Magic School Bus and the Missing Tooth provides a fun adventure. Young readers can follow Ms. Frizzle and her magic school bus as they explore the inside of a human mouth and learn all about different types of teeth and what they do.

Doctor De Soto

Children can read about the mouse dentist, Dr. De Soto, as he and his dental assistant treat a variety of animals with tooth pain. Written by William Steig, the author of Shrek, this book is classic and has even received a Newbery Honor.

Feel free to contact Drs. Ali & Ali and the caring team at Wellesley Dental Group if you have any thoughts or concerns; they will be happy to answer your questions! Contact us today at 781-237-9071 or to set up an appointment.

Your little ones and teens are welcome to visit our pediatric dentist, Dr. Derek, and Dr. Emad is happy to help with your TMJ and orthodontic needs. For wisdom teeth extractions or any other oral surgery needs, Dr. Stephens would love to help, and our gum-specialist Dr. Singh can help with your gum-related concerns.





Books Kids Can Sink Their Teeth Into!

October 9th, 2014

There are several ways to teach and get your child excited about proper dental care. Yet, sometimes the lesson can be learned from simply reading a story. Children tend to enjoy stories that highlight characters and creative illustrations that they can relate to, which is also the same when it comes to books about dental health!

Losing teeth is a rite of passage for children. Many kids are generally excited when they reach this milestone, while some are nervous and concerned about feeling pain with the loss of a tooth. Your child’s first lost tooth can stir up a lot of questions from your little one. Questions that range from “Why did my tooth fall out?” to “Will I talk or look funny when my tooth comes out?” They may even ask, “What replaces the tooth?” or “Is the tooth-fairy real?”

A good way to answer some of these questions and reassure your child that losing primary teeth is a natural part of growing up is to introduce them to books about teeth! A great number of books contain well-known characters and fun pictures that can get them enthused about taking care of their teeth.

It is important to remind your child that even though primary teeth are expected to fall out, they still must be properly cared for in order to have healthy permanent teeth. If primary teeth are lost prematurely as a result of tooth decay, permanent teeth may not come into their sockets properly, leading to other oral health problems. Unfortunately, tooth decay is currently the number one disease that affects children. It's estimated that 40% of children have experienced tooth decay before starting kindergarten. A step toward defeating cavities is to teach good oral habits.

Help your kids appreciate the importance of dental health with these good reads:

  • Brush Your Teeth Please by Leslie McGuire
  • The Tooth Book by Dr. Seuss
  • Franklin and the Tooth Fairy by Paulette Bourgeois
  • Clifford’s Loose Tooth by John Kurtz
  • Little Bill: A Visit to the Dentist by Bill Cosby
  • The Berenstain Bears Visit the Dentist by Stan Berenstain
  • Show Me Your Smile!: A Visit to the Dentist (Dora the Explorer) by Christine Ricci
  • Caraboose: The Tooth Fairy Moose by Lynn Swanson
  • Little Rabbit’s Loose Tooth by Lucy Bate
  • Truman’s Loose Tooth by Kristine Warm
  • The Berenstain Bears Visit the Dentist by Stan Berenstain and Jan Berenstain
  • Going to the Dentist by Anne Civardi
  • ABC Dentist: Healthy Teeth from A to Z by Harriet Ziefert
  • Behold, No Cavities!: A Visit to the Dentist (Sponge Bob Square Pants) by Sarah Willson

These books not only include stories about losing teeth, but also about trips to the dentist, good oral hygiene habits, and the famous tooth-fairy tale. Although some books can be targeted for a specific age group, there are plenty of stories for just about any child.

In addition to books, online games that incorporate dental health can also be great resources for teaching. The American Dental Association offers an animated online book, Visit the Dentist with also offers fun experiments and activities for elementary age kids.

Developing good oral health habits at an early age is vital for a lifetime of healthy teeth. Not only will children have practice reading, but also the importance of dental health can be instilled in them simultaneously!

Feel free to contact Drs. Ali & Ali and the caring team at Wellesley Dental Group if you have any thoughts or concerns; they will be happy to answer your questions! Contact us today at 781-237-9071 or to set up an appointment and consultation.

Your little ones and teens are welcome to visit our pediatric dentist Dr. Kim. Dr. Emad is happy to help with your orthodontic needs. For wisdom teeth extractions or any other oral surgery needs Dr. Ghazi would be more than willing to help.


Wellesley's Back to School Drive

July 12th, 2013

Wellesley Dental Group is joining hands with Cradles to Crayons for their ‘Ready For School Drive.’ Let's help make the first day of school an exciting endeavor for the children in need. It can be a source of anxiety for kids not having the appropriate school items, and ultimately not fitting in with their peers. Our goal is to raise $5000 from our community efforts so that in-need children can have all the school essentials prior to starting classes. We want every child to feel prepared and confident when school starts and together we can make that happen. Cradles to Crayons *Ready for School* program focuses on distributing the school essentials children deserve and need to arrive at school ready. Their “KidPacks”are filled with clothing, shoes, books, and a brand new backpacks. Every dollar makes a difference and with our community’s help we can reach our goal.

Wellesley Dental Group is asking the community to join hands in our fundraising efforts for Cradles to Crayons. To show our appreciation, we will give you a credit towards our state-of-the-art whitening services in the amount matching to your donation.

Wellesley Dental Group is a permanent drop-off location for Cradles to Crayons.

Please Donate generously; the smile you give to others shines back on you.

Thank you for your support! Cradles to Crayons is a registered 501 (c)(3) charity and the full amount of your donation is tax deductible.


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