STEM Reading List: Dentistry


Did you know that dentistry is not limited to the health of teeth? Dentistry consists of the study, diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of diseases, disorders, and oral cavity conditions. Learn more about dentists and the history of dentistry with these informative titles.






Groom groups 12 You Wouldn’t Want to Live Without Dentists!
By: Fiona Macdonald
Illustrated by: David Antram

Following the same format as the other books in the You Wouldn t Want to Live Without series, Macdonald presents interesting facts about, in her words, a not so old profession–dentistry. Beginning with a timeline that expands across the inside cover and along the first page, the reader is taken on a historical journey of the field of dentistry, which supposedly began in 3000 BCE with the earliest-known tooth treatment. Each two-page spread explores the history of various dental topics: tooth types, including animal teeth; treatment of toothaches; and who pulled teeth before dentists. Interesting facts about false teeth, the invention of dental equipment, and the toothbrush are explained through fun illustrations.
1550377280 The Dentist & You
By: Diane Swanson

Visiting the dentist doesn’t have to be scary for young children. This title calms fears by sharing what to expect during a dental examination.
0545077834 The Dentist from the Black Lagoon
By: Mike Thaler
Illustrated by: Jared Lee

A boy learns that a dentist will be visiting his school. He hears scary rumors about the dentist but discovers there is no reason to be afraid of dentists.
0736822828 A Day in the Life of a Dentist
By: Heather Adamson

Young readers can learn how Dr. Jong spends her day as a dentist. Includes information such as what happens during a check-up, what happens in a dentist’s lab, and what tools do dentists use. Readers will see how busy a dentist stays during the day.
9781404862067 Max and Zoe at the Dentist
By: Shelley Swanson Sateren
Illustrated by: Mary Sullivan

Zoe helps Max feel brave when he has to go to the dentist to have two teeth pulled.
0761314652 Toothworms & spider juice: an illustrated history of dentistry
By: Loretta Frances Ichord

This informative title surveys the history of dentistry, from ancient civilizations to the knowledge and treatments in modern times.


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