Cold Power Magic player Courtney Tairi has again teamed up with Waikato District Health Board’s Community Oral Health Service to promote free dental care for children aged zero to 17.
“Her magic smile and bright personality instantly connects with children and their whanau, we are hoping this will help engage more people with the dental service,” said Community Oral Health Service manager Diane Pevreal.
Each year more than 1200 children will need general anaesthetic to remove or fill decayed teeth in the Waikato. Some of them will be as young as two-years-old.
“It’s my goal to bring awareness to the health issues faced by our children, I hope by teaching them to value their teeth we can help prevent other health issues in the future,” said Tairi.
She believes in inspiring young people to lead healthy and active lifestyles.
“As an athlete I am always drinking lots of water, even if I can motivate our children to drink more water instead of sugary drinks then I know this can help make a significant difference to their health.”
Tairi will encourage all tamariki, mokopuna, rangatahi and their whanau to start each day with healthy teeth and value a healthy smile for life.
“I am from here, I have so many nieces and nephews in the Waikato, if I can just plant a seed in some of their minds then I will be happy,” she said.
Pevreal said having Courtney promoting oral health is invaluable.
“She is fit, young and dynamic. Courtney is an aspirational role model and we all can learn something from her.”
Tairi will be visiting some schools and dental clinics across the Waikato in the coming weeks. Keep an eye out for her!