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Tooth fairy promotes good dental care in Kenya
Updated: 1/23/2009 5:00:23 PM

Tooth fairy promotes good dental care in Kenya No, not the real tooth fairy.

CoraMaria Clark, a former dental hygienist, reinvented herself as Toothena the Tooth Fairy, which is the main character in a children's book she wrote as a way to spark awareness of good dental health among children.

Recently, Clark travelled to Kenya to hand out approximately 4,000 toothbrushes to children in need, the Canadian newspaper the Windsor Star reported.

"My goal is to get toothbrushes into the hands of all children. And if they end up getting a cavity, I want somebody there to help them have it taken care of," Clark told the news provider. She also added that when she found out 90 percent of tooth decay in developing countries goes untreated, the news "just ripped my heart out."

The 52-year-old is known for dressing up in a pink gown with a wand and tiara as Toothena, the real-life version of the animated heroine in Clark's self-published children's book Emily's Magical Journey with Toothena the Tooth Fairy.

Parents struggling to get their children to brush their teeth may want to be creative in their tactics to communicate the benefits of dental care.

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