Dr. Andrea Mann, a dentist who practices in Basking Ridge, will visit the Bernardsville Public Library twice on Tuesday, once to speak to children ages 2 to 5 years at 10:30 a.m. and then again at 7 p.m. to meet with parents.
The youngsters will enjoy a story and watch a dinosaur cartoon about going to the dentist. They will meet a dragon whose teeth they can brush and slip into a big six-kid teeth costume to have 'goo' brushed off with a giant toothbrush with a spot between them that gets flossed.
In the evening, parents will learn what to expect at the first dental visit, about caring for infant and toddler teeth, how to handle emergencies, and thumb sucking. This will be followed by a question and answer period.
Dr. Mann is a library user and her twins attend story time at the library. She said she is passionate about educating her community about the importance of maintaining good oral health.
According to the Bernardsville Library, the dentist has volunteered in outreach programs for the Special Olympics and counseled at-risk pregnant mothers about infant oral health.
She also serves as an Attending Doctor at Morristown Memorial Hospital where she enjoys supervising and teaching general dentistry residents.
Dr. Mann is a member of many professional organizations including the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, American Board of Pediatric Dentistry, American Dental Association, New Jersey Dental Association and the New Jersey Academy of Pediatric Dentistry.
There is no charge to attend either program. The children's program does not require advance sign-up; advance registration is required for the adult session.
Register online at the library website at and follow the link from adult programs, or call the library at 908-766-0118 to sign up.
Area residents are invited to attend the program at the library at 1 Anderson Hill Road in Bernardsville.