Bubby nodded and said, “Chanie, dear,
I know this may not be pleasant to hear,
But I think that a cavity is causing you pain.
You’ll have to see your dentist, Dr. Shain.”
A cavity?! Horrible images passed through my head;
My heart and mind were filled with dread.
Would it hurt to have it fixed? What would I do?
And what if the dentist found not one cavity–but two?!
Fear of the dentist—and particularly of having a cavity filled—is quite common among many people, especially young children. The very idea of a cavity filling may cause children to think of all the scary “what-if” scenarios that could occur in such a situation. Of course this only serves to increase their fear exponentially. In Chanie Goes to the Dentist, written by the author of the popular Moshe Goes to Yeshiva, the “dentist fears” that children like Chanie may have are quickly, calmly, and effectively laid to rest as the exact procedure of what occurs at Chanie’s cavity-filling appointment is recounted and explored in a straightforward, child-friendly, and yes, fun way. Your child will love the book’s rhymes and endearing illustrations, and before long will shed his or her “dentist fears,” along with Chanie, too!