The book Open Wide: Tooth School Inside by Laurie Keller is a funny but informative introduction to teeth for children.
Open Wide: Tooth School Inside guides us through a day in a classroom for teeth. When Mr. Flossman, the teacher, takes attendance, all 32 teeth are present, and they take a pledge:
'I pledge allegiance to this mouth and to the dentist who takes care of us. And to the gums on which we stand, strong and healthy, with toothbrushes and toothpaste for all.'
The day carries on with a tooth anatomy lesson, which covers the dentin, enamel, and pulp, a report by student Sally Incisor on primary teeth, and even a very special guest appearance by the tooth fairy. At lunchtime, the food flies during a food fight. After it’s over none of the teeth feel much like brushing, but a detailed lesson about the realities of tooth decay inspires a flurry of brushing, flossing and gargling.
The vibrant and engaging collage-style illustrations in this book, in combination with the funny asides between individual teeth and other humorous details, make this book a great read for adults and kids alike.