Dentist and You, The Share this with a friend

by Diane Swanson

Our Choice List, Canadian Children’s Book Centre

It familiarizes children with many of the tools and procedures they are likely to encounter during their visit, allowing them to become more comfortable with dentists and oral hygienists. By showing how specific instruments are used to examine or treat them, why they are used, and how they work, this book helps children develop positive attitudes about their visits to the dentist.

Children are invited to participate in a section entitled “Your Job,” while “Points for Parents” offers advice on discussing the book with children. It also suggests activities to do before and after a trip to the dentist to help young patients become comfortable with the visit and procedures.

The Dentist and You is illustrated with photographs of children visiting dental offices, and with line drawings.


“Will help educate and entertain young children at home before a medical visit, or while putting in time in a waiting room. Recommended.”
—St. Catharines Standard

“Reading this book may allow children to sleep the week before their appointment.”
—School Library Journal

“Parents wanting to prepare their children for their first visit to the dentist will appreciate The Dentist and You. It will also be useful for teachers doing a unit on dentists or community helpers.”
—Resource Links

“Stays fresh thanks to Swanson’s energetic prose.”
—Horn Book

“An attractive, quick primer.”
—Library Media Connection