I was recently sent the book Sam And The Sugar Bug by Dr. Humairah Shah to review. I received both a hard back copy and and iBook for our iPad. This book is written by an experienced dentist and helps children understand more about dental health. It is a quick read and explains in a simple and understandable way what sugar does to your teeth if you do not brush well. This is a good book for every parent to read to their child when they are learning to brush their teeth without the help of mom and dad or prior to a trip to the dentist for the dreaded first cavity filling. Perhaps if you are proactive about teaching your kids good oral health habits you can avoid that first cavity filling for a good long time! This book can help you do just that.
We have been brushing Logan's teeth since that first tooth popped through the gum and he knows it is a non-negotiable daily routine. We help him brush and then we let him hold the brush and "chew" on the bristles a little as he mimics our brushing motions. I hope that he got my husband's teeth because he is less prone to cavities than I am. Either way, we will try our very best to instill good oral hygiene habits. My son is just learning his first words, but can correctly identify several facial and body parts including his teeth. When I sat down to read him Sam And The Sugar Bug, he pointed to the picture of the child brushing her teeth and then looked at me and clacked his own teeth together. "Very good! She is brushing her teeth!" I exclaimed. I hope he is encouraged to see characters in a book brushing their teeth just like we have him do. I believe it makes the whole experience less scary if children can become familiar with the act of brushing as they ease into it. This book is a great way to foster that familiarity. Another way might be brushing together, encouraging "monkey see, monkey do" behavior.
In the book sugar is represented by a nasty green bug named Randy. He makes a home in Sam's teeth and invites friends to play. It is their late night get together that cause Sam to miss sleep with a toothache. I think this is a great way of explained to kids that cavities form when sugar bugs have parties in their mouth because the toothbrush did not send them packing. I don't think the drawings are too scary for young kids and I think the depiction of the bugs in the drawings will help them grasp the concept of brushing away something they can't actually see in real life. I think this book is a very useful tool every parent should have!
The iBook is currently available for iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. Download your copy HERE! One lucky reader is going to win an autographed hard back copy of Sam and the Sugar Bug by Dr. Shah and a kid's oral hygiene kit including a toothbrush, toothpaste, and dental floss sticks. Enter to win on the Rafflecopter form below.
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Customer Reviews from iTunes
"As a dentist, I really appreciate this book. It explains dental treatment to children in a way they can understand and appreciate. It helps me because it way written by a dentist so it is more informative that other books of it's kind. Highly Recommended!!"
"A wonderful story that will motivate and encourage children to brush their teeth. Fun characters and great sounds effects too."
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