9 Picture Books to Get Kids Ready for the Dentist

by Jennifer Ridgway

Illustration: Penelope Dullaghan

To try to prepare my kids for their first trip to the dentist (or “the doctor for their teeth,” as I explained), I turned to books. There are quite a few stories available that help guide young kids through what they may experience when they go, from the waiting room to the exam room to a potential (hopefully not!) cavity. Unlike their pediatricians, who most children see regularly from birth, dentists are a new experience for little ones. Below are some of the books that my family read to prepare for the trip — and loved!

Editor’s Note: This article was originally published in 2017 and updated in 2022.