I don’t know about you, but I dreaded having to take my child to the dentist for the first time. I have a bit of a dental phobia, so going anywhere near a dentist office is pure torture for me. I didn’t want him to have the same dislike of dentists that I do, so we picked up a copy of Behold, No Cavities! A Visit to the Dentist a week or two before our first visit.
The basic premise of this book is that SpongeBob is happy to go to the dentist, but Patrick has never been to the dentist and doesn’t understand what it’s about. SpongeBob explains everything in kid-friendly terms and they head off to the dentist where they are greeted by an office filled with super friendly people.
The main climax occurs when there is a mix-up regarding which character is cavity-free and which character is going to have to have a cavity filled. It’s not really award-winning children’s literature, but it’s a cute story if you watch the cartoon regularly.
My son is a big SpongeBob fan in general, but he really took to this book. We had to read it every night for a good month and he still pulls it out to read on his own once in a while. He’s also cavity-free and loves to go to the dentist – even though he always complains that they don’t have a “No Cavi-Tree” to put your name on like in the book.
What tricks did you try to make going to the dentist more pleasant for your children?
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