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Toothfairy Encourages Native Youth to Dream Big

8/7/17 under Dreamstarter Basic Needs

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8/7/17

Year 3 Dreamstarter Kristina Hyatt shares her experiences as the Native American toothfairy in her own words!

When teens see the ToothFairy enter the building, they automatically think I’m coming to remind them to brush their teeth, and I am. My presentations, however, are about more than just teeth.

I want to give hope to our Native American youth. I encourage them to dream big and remind them that every single one of us will face hardships in our lifetime, it’s just a matter of how we learn from and overcome them. Instead of turning to negative influences such as drugs and alcohol thinking they will make our problems go away, we must look to positive influences and opportunities to get us through the hard times.

We need our teeth to be able to speak our native languages and eat our traditional foods. I am educating children, teens and their caregivers about the importance of oral health and how it relates to overall health. We are also providing oral care kits with the basic tools to maintain a healthy smile for children and their caregivers

It means the world to me to know there are people who believe in me and support my dream. It makes me work that much harder to make a difference in the lives of other Native youth. 
A teenage boy was having trouble taking care of his teeth due to braces and developed several cavities as a result. After I explained the importance of keeping his teeth clean, his response was, “I can just get dentures. My sister has them.” The sky is the limit, but it is very important that as the role models in their lives, we strive to steer clear of negative influences

It means the world to me to know there are people who believe in me and support my dream. It makes me work that much harder to make a difference in the lives of other Native youth.


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