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National Children's Dental Health Month

February is the perfect time to help students brush up on good oral health habits because it's National Children's Dental Health Month!

Reports show that American students miss 51 million hours of school every year because of oral health problems. Students who are absent miss critical instruction time—especially in early grades where reading skills are an important focus and the building blocks of future learning. And students who have experienced recent oral health pain are four times more likely to have lower grade point averages than their counterparts who have not.

Parents and children are encouraged to brush their teeth for two minutes, two times per day, and read for 20 minutes as a way of building good oral health and literacy habits. 

To further help parents promote good oral health and literacy skills, here is a list of 28 books with an interest level between kindergarten and third grade, that will help encourage good oral health.

1.  ABC Dentist: Healthy Teeth from A to Z, by Harriet Ziefert and Liz Murphy

2.  Andrew’s Loose Tooth, by Robert Munsch

3.  Arthur’s Loose Tooth, by Lillian Hoban

4.  Arthur’s Tooth, by Mark Brown

5.  Behold, No Cavities! A Visit to the Dentist

6.  The Berenstain Bears: Visit the Dentist

7.  Brush, Floss and Rinse: Caring for Your Teeth and Gums, by Amanda Doering Tourville

8.  Clarabella’s Teeth, by An Vrombaut

9.  Dear Tooth Fairy, by Alan Durrant and Vanessa Cabban

10. Fancy Nancy and the Too-Loose Tooth, by Jane O’Connor

11. Going to the Dentist, by Anne Civardi

12. Gone With the Wand, by Margie Palatini

13. How Many Teeth?, by Paul Showers and True Kelley

14. Just Going to the Dentist, by Mercer Mayer

15. Little Rabbit’s Loose Tooth, by Lucy Bate

16. Loose Tooth, by Anastasia Suen

17. The Magic School Bus and the Missing Tooth, by Jeanette Lane

18. Make Way for Tooth Decay, by Bobbi Katz

19. The Night Before the Tooth Fairy, by Natasha Wing

20. Open Wide: Tooth School Inside, by Laurie Keller

21. Show Me Your Smile: A Visit to the Dentist, by Christine Ricci

22. The Story of the Tooth Fairy, by Tom Paxton and Robert Sauber

23. Throw Your Tooth on the Roof: Tooth Traditions from Around the World, by Selby Beeler

24. The Tooth Book: A Guide to Healthy Teeth and Gums, by Edward Miller

25. Tooth on the Loose, by Susan Middleton Elva

26. Tooth Trouble, by Jane Clarke

27. What Do the Fairies Do With All Those Teeth?, by Michel Luppens and Phillipe Beha

28. You Think It’s Easy Being the Tooth Fairy?, by Sheri Bell-Rehwoldt

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