Why are we not surprised when our kids aren’t too excited to learn about dentists? These free ways to learn about community helpers: dentists especially, can help your kids understand just how helpful dentists really are.
This post is part of the Getting to Know Community Helpers Series
The dentists are not our enemy. Usually, when we see cartoons with dentists in them, it is NOT a good sight.
Let me rewind your mind to the dentist out of Sydney, Australia in a little movie you may have watched called Finding Nemo.
Remember when Nemo was in the tank and needed to escape back into the ocean? In the background was loud drilling noises and screaming kids.
How do we get that idea of a mad dentist out of the minds of our kiddos? It may not be easy, especially during that first dental visit or next annual visit.
Studying community helpers can be a great time to teach your kids all about dentists and what they do. This may be exactly what they need to help their comfort levels when they eventually have to visit one.
The best thing about teaching from home is that it can absolutely not cost a thing.
Check out these FREE ways to learn about community helpers: dentists, in your homeschool.
Grab these freebies and resources to help you teach all about dentists.
D is for Dentist | Making Learning Fun
Dentistry Facts for Kids | Kids.Kiddle
10 Wild and Wacky Facts About Dentistry For Kids | Pediatric Dental Specialists
Going to the Dentist | KidsHealth
Dentists! A Community Helpers Preschool / Kindergarten Series | The Disguised Supermom
10 Fun Facts About Dentistry for Kids | Pediatric Dental Specialists
Dentists: Love to Learn about Community Helpers | Love to Laugh and Learn
FREE Dentist Printable Packs | Royal Baloo
Orthodontist vs Dentist: The Main Differences | Insight State
Dentist Printable Packs | Royal Baloo
Head over to the library and check out books about dentists.
The Best Dentist Books For Preschoolers | Craft Play Learn
15 Books About Visiting The Dentist | Rock-A-Bye Parents
Storytime: Dentists | Literary Hoots
Watch videos about dentists and what they do.
Why Do I Have to Go To The Dentist? | Billy Blue Hair
A Child’s Visit to the Dentist Video | Charles E Boyk
Going to the dentist! For kids | See And Do Kids
Visiting the Dentist! | SciShow Kids
Dental Health Videos for Kids | Primary Theme Park
10 Kid Friendly Dental Health Videos | Mrs Wills Kindergarten
Create a dental office dramatic play area.
Dentist Office Dramatic Play Area For Preschoolers | TeachersMag.com
Dentists Dramatic Play Pack | Pre-K Printable Fun
Visit a local kid-friendly dentist (NOT for an appointment).
Check with your local dentist office. Arrange for a visit on a non-busy day. Getting kids to see the actual office and see them in their element will be a great experience for your kids.
FREE Social Story A Dentist Visit | Puddins the Autism Educator
Successful Dental Visit FREE Printable | Printable Parents
Incorporate these teeth/dental crafts and activities into your dentist lessons.
Popsicle Stick Toothbrushes- Kid Craft | Glued to My Crafts
DIY Tooth Models & Tooth Sensory Play (With Video) | Sugar Spice and Glitter
Mouth & Tooth Arts & Crafts for Kids | The Natural Homeschool
Dental Activities for Kids | Fairy Poppins
15 Exciting Dental Health Activities for Kids | Kindergarten Connection
Good Foods and Bad Foods For Teeth Printable Activity | TeachersMag.com
15 Activities About Teeth | Teaching Mama
Dental Health Themed Activities and Centers | Pocket of Preschool
Teach your kids about dental health.
Dental Health Mini-Unit: FREEBIE | Teacher’s Lounge
Kids Dental Health Science Unit | A Dab of Glue Will Do
Dental Health FREE | Babbling Abby
My Healthy Teeth! A Dental Health Emergent Reader FREEBIE! | Sweet Sounds of Kindergarten
Dental Health and a FREEBIE! | eberhart’s EXPLORERS
Teeth Brushing Sequence Dental Health FREEBIE No Prep | Teaching Under the Sun
FREE Dental Health Mini-Book | Teaching’s a Hoot by Nicole Johnson
Dental Health Unit (Anchor Charts and Fun Poem) | Teaching with Terhune
5 Fun Ways To Teach Kids About Dental Health | Modern Mom Life
FREE Dental Health Coloring Pages | In All You Do
Healthy Teeth Printable | Sincerely Jean
Printable Tooth Jokes | Confidence Meets Parenting
Dental Themed Coloring Pages | B-Inspired Mama
Dental Unit with FREE Printables | Every Star is Different
Free Toothbrushing Printable for Kids | Carrie Elle
I Brushed My Teeth Punch Cards FREE Printables | She’s Kinda Crafty
Dentists don’t have to be the bad guys. Do some research and find a kid-friendly dentist. Where we lived in Florida, we found an absolutely amazing dentist.
The atmosphere was totally for the kids with games, smart devices, televisions, and Christian music to calm them and us as parents. Dentists truly are community helpers!
Jeannette is a wife, mother and homeschooling mom. She has been mightily, saved by grace and is grateful for God’s sovereignty throughout her life’s journey. She has a Bachelor in English Education and her MBA. Jeannette is bi-lingual and currently lives in the Tongan Islands of the South Pacific. She posts daily freebies for homeschoolers!