Ready for the Dentist!

From the Dentist's Point of View of Rooty the Rhino dental puppet in a dental chairA child’s first dental visit is a potential source of anxiety for both the child and their caregiver(s). The dental office includes an array of sensory experiences likely to be foreign to young children, including unfamiliar sights, sounds, and bodily sensations. Caregivers may approach the dental visit with their own anxieties regarding their child(ren)’s ability to cope with the experience (especially where children have sensory processing sensitivities) and/or their own abilities to comprehend and meet oral healthcare needs of the child(ren) in their care.

Ready for the Dentist! will introduce children to the dental visit both conceptually and physically, engaging them in demonstration and discussion regarding the various dental professionals they may meet on their visit, what those professionals do within the office and how they will likely interact with the child, how dental professionals influence our communities for good, and why it is critical to visit the dentist regularly. Further, the program will lay a foundation for what children may expect during a dental visit, introducing them in a fun, individually-paced, and low-stakes environment to the various experiences and especially bodily sensations associated with a dental visit, including the touch and feel of a dentist’s chair, dental bib, and x-ray apron, and the opportunity to see and/or touch various dental instruments.


Families and Groups (up to 5 members): $10
$1 per additional family or group member

Ready for the Dentist! is made possible through sponsorship by Darby Dental Supply LLC. The National Museum of Dentistry thanks Darby Dental Supply for their support of its mission and programming.

Check out these resources to learn more about preparing your child(ren) for a visit to the dentist!



Contact Us

National Museum of Dentistry
31 S. Greene Street,
Baltimore, MD 21201

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Patrick Cutter
Assistant Director

Phone: 410-706-0600


Dr. Scott Swank

Phone: 410-706-8704

Hours & Admission

Wed-Friday 10am to 4pm


Members, Military, UMB Community, Teachers, and Children (2 and under): FREE
Adults: $10
Seniors and Students: $5
Children (3-12): $5


Members, Military, UMB Community, Teachers, and Children (2 and under): FREE
Adults: $8
Seniors and Students: $5
Children: (3-12): $5



There are a number of ways you can show your support for the National Museum of Dentistry.

In addition to cash donations, which can be pledged by check or credit card, the NMD happily accepts gifts of stock, planned or deferred contributions, and in-kind services. To discuss giving options, please contact the SOD Development Office.

Looking to donate items to the NMD's collection, please visit our Collections and Archives page for more information.