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Great Oral Health Books for Your Child!

The Maryland Dental Action Coalition is a nonprofit organization that works to help improve the oral health of children in Maryland. They have carefully researched and released a great list of 22 books about oral health for children up to six years old. It is their goal to help children and the people who take care of them find fun books to read that will educate families on how to care for young teeth.

We think you and your child will enjoy these books. Many of them can be found at a bookstore, purchased online or borrowed from your local library. The books are listed in three topic categories: Oral Health Care, Visiting the Dentist, and General Information About Teeth. They have been ranked by "highly recommended" to "recommended."

Oral Health Care

Highly Recommended

  • Brush, Floss, and Rinse: Caring for Your Teeth and Gums*
    Amanda Doering Tourville, Picture Window Books, 
  • Ready, Set, Brush
    Sesame Street, Readers Digest Children's Books, 2008
  • Brushing Teeth
    Mari Schuh, Capstone Press, 2008
  • Toothful Tales: Becoming Me Cavity Free
    Jeanette Flannery Courtad, DDSMentors International Publications, 2015


  • Brush, Brush, Brush!
    Alicia Pardon, Scholastic 2010
  • Brush Your Teeth Please 
    Leslie Mcguire, Studio Fun, 2013
  • Flossing Teeth*
    Mari Schuh, Capstone Press, 2008
  • Pony Brushes His Teeth
    Michael Dahl, Picture Window Books, 2013
  • Have You Ever Seen a Moose Brushing His Teeth?
    Jamie McClaine, JAFS Inc., 2003

Visiting the Dentist

Highly Recommended

  • At the Dentist*
    Mari Schuh, Capstone Press, 2008
  • Going to the Dentist
    Anne Civardi, Usborne, 2010
  • Dentists Help
    Dee Ready, Capstone Press 2010
  • Dentists
    Kristin L. Nelson, Lerner Publishing Group, 2005


  • Max Goes to the Dentist*
    Adria F. Klein, Picture Window Books, 2006
  • My Dentist, My Friend
    P.K. Hallinan, Ideals Children's Books, 2002
  • A Visit to The Dentist's Office
    Patricia J. Murphy, Capstone Press, 2005
  • A Day in the Life of a Dentist
    Heather Adamson, Capstone Press, 2004
  • The Berenstain Bears Visit the Dentist
    Stan and Jan Berenstain, Random House 1981

General Information About Teeth

Highly Recommended

  • Loose Tooth*
    Mari Schuh, Capstone Press, 2008
  • Mouth*
    Cynthia Klingel and Robert B. Noye, Gareth Stevens Publishing, 2010
  • I Know Why I Brush My Teeth
    Kate Rowan, Scholastic, 2000


  • All about Teeth*
    Mari Schuh, Capstone Press, 2008
  • Snacks for Healthy Teeth*
    Mari Schuh, Capstone Press, 2008
  • The Tooth Book
    Dr. Seuss, Random House, 2003

For this list in printable form or for more information about each book, please visit: http://guides.hshsl.umaryland.edu/dentistry/DentalBooksForChildren

* Bilingual edition also available


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