Teaching toddlers to care for their teeth is an important part of parenting in the early years. The habits they learn as young children are most likely the ones they’ll continue throughout their lives.
In addition to modeling the correct way to brush, there are many ways you can get that message across.
Reading books together is one of the best ways to teach toddlers new skills, and caring for their teeth is no exception.
I’ve selected 10 great books for teaching young children to brush their teeth. Some address specific fears while others are more general. They’d all make a wonderful addition to your toddler’s home library!
The Berenstain Bears Visit the Dentist 1 of 10Your toddler will love seeing Brother and Sister Bear visit the dentist for the first time. They were scared at first, but it turns out that it wasn't such a scary experience after all!
Find it at Amazon, $4.99
Brush, Brush, Brush! 2 of 10Help your toddler learn about an important skill— brushing her teeth!
Find it at Amazon, $6.95
Ready.Set.Brush! 3 of 10Elmo is always a toddler favorite. Seeing him brush and the other monsters from Sesame Street practice healthy habits will make your toddler want to as well.
Find it at Amazon, $10.39
Clarabella’s Teeth 4 of 10Clarabella the crocodile takes a long time brushing her chompers. Your kiddo will love this silly story about a bunch of animal friends.
Find it at Amazon, $11.95
Brush your teeth, Max and Millie 5 of 10In this sweet story, little Millie does not like brushing her teeth until Max comes along. It's great for toddlers who fear the toothbrush.
Find it at Barnes & Noble, $7.19
Do I Have to Go to the Dentist? 6 of 10Part of the "A First Look At" series, this book helps young children understand who the dentist is and why taking care of their teeth is important.
Find it at Barnes & Noble, $6.29
Brushing My Teeth 7 of 10This book features photographs of toddlers brushing their teeth and a rhyming story line. Toddlers will love it!
Find it at Amazon, $11.99
Show Me Your Smile! 8 of 10Dora is a favorite of my toddler, and anything Dora does my daughter does as well! In this book Dora takes a trip to the dentist.
Find it at Amazon, $3.99
Brush Your Teeth Please 9 of 10Your child will love reading this pop-up book and learning how to brush like a lion and floss like a shark!
Find it at Amazon, $9.35
Brush Baby Brush 10 of 10This book is great for toddlers learning how to brush their teeth. It's designed to get wet as children give brushing a try!
Find it at Amazon, $4.99
Disclosure: I received products from Johnson & Johnson as part of my participation in the LISTERINE® Kids Cavity-Free School Year Program. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this post are my own. Click here to see more of the discussion.
Mary Lauren Weimer is a social worker turned mother turned writer. Her blog, My 3 Little Birds, encourages moms to put down the baby books for a moment and tell their own stories. Connect with her on Facebook and Twitter.
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