The Dentist & YouBook - 2002
The Dentist and You is a book for any young child making a trip to the dentist's office. It familiarizes children with many of the dental 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 dental appointments.
Some of the things examined include: dental lamp, rubber gloves, mirror, X-ray camera, scaler, air hose, saliva ejector, fluoride treatment, syringe, burr, and filling tools.
Because control over their own bodies is very important to young children, their role in the use of each dental tool is emphasized through a special feature called "Your Job." Appearing on each double-page spread, "Your Job" briefly explains what children can do to help with the procedures, providing them with a confident and active role in their own dental care.
The information is presented in a forthright manner. Potential fears associated with dental procedures are also addressed in a comforting and honest way.
"Points for Parents" is a feature that offers advice about discussing the book with children and suggests activities to do together before and after a trip to the dentist to help children become comfortable with the visit and procedures.
The Dentist and You is illustrated with photographs of children visiting various dental offices and contains line drawings. It includes an index.
From Library Staff
Although this book, suitable for older children, gets pretty detailed about the various things that can happen at the dentist’s, it manages to stay fairly reassuring. Especially notable are the tips for children in the dentist’s chair.