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 Clifford’s Loose Tooth, adapted by Wendy Cheyette Lewison (with illustrations by John and Sandrina Kurtz).

In this story, the lovable Clifford loses his first puppy tooth. Initially, he is a little frightened and confused until Emily Elizabeth explains that loose teeth are completely normal. His friends suggest various ways that he can preemptively remove it, but he decides to wait and let it fall out on his own. In the end, his patience is rewarded with a big dog bone from the tooth fairy. It really goes to show that being patient with loose teeth pays off!

We love this story because it reinforces the idea of letting a baby tooth come out on its own. While children will naturally wiggle and play with loose teeth, being overly aggressive with a not-so-loose tooth can end up in pain and injury. This story is a fun way to remind your children that their teeth will come out when they are ready! As with all the stories we review, feel free to check it out at your next appointment. We are always happy to do anything we can to get your family excited and educated about dental health topics!