Dr Rabbit and Southern Steel players (from left) Jodi Brown,
Stacey Peters and Phillipa Finch coax a smile out of Keisha
Hollands (8) at the Dunedin Hospital children's ward this
The visit was part of World Oral Health Day activities which
celebrated the importance of good oral health.
Community Oral Health Service promotions adviser Kate Hall
said it was hoped the netball players would encourage smiles
in the children while Dr Rabbit handed out toothpaste and
toothbrushes to help the children look after their teeth.
The children were encouraged to brush their teeth twice a
day, not to rinse after brushing, floss daily, avoid sugary
snacks between meals and avoid fizzy and energy drinks
Their parents were reminded children received free regular
dental checks until the age of 18.