LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A dog in Kentucky helps kids get over their fear of going to the dentist.

Bennett, a golden retriever, is a therapy dog. He works at the office of Dr. Matt Riley, a dentist in Austin, Kentucky, and makes trips to schools to relax kids and teach them about taking care of their teeth.

Bennett even shows them how to brush their teeth!

The kids get to sing Happy Birthday to Bennett twice: the amount of time the dentist says it should take them to brush their teeth.

"I noticed he had a way with patients, and that patients really enjoyed him, and not only did he behave, but he was able to get patients to be relaxed," Dr. Riley said.

The doctor started the program eight months ago, and they've already visited more than a dozen schools.

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