Welcome to The Dental Library Review! In this feature, we will be reviewing and highlighting different children’s books we have collected at our office. Our staff have personally used these books with their own children and have had great reception. Today, we will be going over The Tooth Book: A Guide to Healthy Teeth and Gums by Edward Miller.

The Tooth Book is less of a traditional story book and more of an educational guide with fun facts and illustrations. In it’s pages, you will find tidbits on the history of dentistry, instructions on home care and a little bit of background on the science and structure of the dental profession. The book is quite interesting, even from an adult perspective. How often do you get to learn about Ancient Egyptian dental hygiene habits?

Our favorite part of this book is the discussion on home hygiene. This would be an excellent tool in “driving home” the important parts of dental care with your young kids. The guides on brushing, flossing, diet and how to handle trauma could all be very handy. The best part is the fun and interesting manner in which the information is presented.

We recommend this book for older readers who can process some scientific words and will be interested even in the absence of a plot. As mentioned earlier, this is mostly a collection of fun facts. Children intrigued by science and history will likely enjoy the read, if only for the random  knowledge. However, we do not recommend this book for smaller children and kids with dental phobia. It has some “big words” and some of the discussions on tooth decay and cavities could alarm younger and more sensitive kids. Overall, we would find this book suitable for children ages 6 to 12, depending on their reading level and interest.

As with any of the books in our library, feel free to stop by our office to take a look. We want you to have the best tools available to educate your family and get them excited about dental hygiene. We hope you find this book as enjoyable as we did!