A Book For Kids Who Are Difficult Dental Patients

We have a brilliant pediatric dentist here in San Diego. However, there wasn’t enough gentle coaxing and reasoning to get my 4-year-old to accept X-rays at her last appointment. It wasn’t mandatory, but they insist it needs to be done at her next appointment, which is right around the corner.

They hygienist suggested that I buy Show Me Your Smile!: A Visit to the Dentist (Dora the Explorer) because there’s a section in there about dental patients, specifically Dora the Explorer getting X-rays. They have had great luck eliminating the fear of the X-ray machine by asking parents to read this book to their kids.

We’ve been reading it and discussing the X-rays. So far, so good. The book also explains the various dental tools and walks through a typical dentist appointment.

According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, kids who are dental patients actually need X-rays more often than adults because their mouths are growing and changing. Kids with a higher risk of tooth decay need X-rays every six months. La Jolla Girl has molars that are closer together than normal, so she falls into this category. There is a helpful section on the FDA website that discusses the safety of pediatric X-rays.

I figured I’d share this information just in case you also have a difficult dental patient on your hands.

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  1. March 27, 2012 at 11:13 am — Reply

    Thank goodness my son loves brushing and visiting his dentist. This looks like a good book though in preparing the little ones for their dental visits. Nice of you to share this tip with fellow moms!

  2. March 24, 2012 at 7:47 am — Reply

    Hi! We gave that book to our kids’ dentist office as a gift a couple of years ago and they still have it around. Our dentist liked that it’s realistic without being too scary. (There’s a good Dora book about going to the pediatrician too:-)

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