What if a brachiosaurus needed braces? If a tyrannosaurus used toothpaste, would it squash the tube? A young child on the way to a dental checkup wonders if dinosaurs ever had cavities and if they had to brush their teeth, floss, get and use fluoride or mouthwash. This whimsical picture book includes eleven common terms related to dental and oral health, along with a glossary of name pronunciations and fun, scientific facts about each of the eleven dinosaurs mentioned in the story. It takes an imaginative, humorous look at dinosaurs?dental health and eases children? fears about going to the dentist, while cleverly encouraging them to take care of their own teeth.

Patrick O?onnell has been writing stories since he was eight years old, and he? only ever had two cavities. He? held many jobs, including copy editor, cook, landscaper, photographer, and even small-engine mechanic, but his favorite two jobs are writer and father. His two boys used to be afraid of the dentist, but they love to visit now. They also love, in no particular order, dinosaurs, spaghetti and meatballs, leaving laundry and Legos all over the floor, and story time.

Raised by wolves in the deep jungles of India after a tiger attack separated him from his family . . . wait a minute, wrong bio. Okay, here we go: Erik Mehlen is an illustrator who has received awards from the Society of Illustrators. He studied at Atlanta College of Art and lives in San Antonio, Texas.

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