"Crunch is a great resource to teach kids at these schools the importance of brushing and flossing, which we hope leads to fewer cavities."
Minneapolis / Moorhead, Minn. (PRWEB) April 25, 2013
The Minnesota Timberwolves and mascot Crunch are teaming up with Delta Dental of Minnesota to educate area kids about the importance of good dental care and establishing daily oral health habits.
Crunch and his assistant will talk with students about the importance of oral health and overall health as well. The message of the event focuses on brushing, flossing and visiting the dentist regularly. Crunch and his assistant will educate the kids on oral health and do things to get the kids moving and may perform a trampoline dunk show for their enjoyment.
"Dental disease is the number one chronic disease in children," said Ann Johnson, Director of Community Affairs at Delta Dental of Minnesota. "Crunch is a great resource to teach kids at these schools the importance of brushing and flossing, which we hope leads to fewer cavities."
The students at selected schools will receive an autographed Crunch poster and a Crunch autograph card along with a free toothbrush from Delta Dental of Minnesota.
Upcoming Crunch Dental Appearances:
April 26 - S.G. Reinertsen Elementary, Moorhead
May 3 - Laura MacArthur Elementary, Duluth
*** On April 8, Crunch visited Minnesota State Academy for the Blind, Faribault
"We are proud to be working to deliver care in these schools and provide oral health education to the students,” said Sarah Wovcha, Executive Director at Children’s Dental Services – a partner of Delta Dental of Minnesota. "Crunch helps raises awareness with the students, which in turn can lead to better dental health."
What can families, parents and children do to promote good oral health?
- Good oral health is an important component for healthy smiles and overall health care – just like exercising, eating right and taking care of the rest of the body. Maintaining good oral health is easy and important for total wellness:
- Brush and floss every day. Make regular dental visits.
- Eat a balanced diet and limit in-between-meal carbohydrate snacks.
- Drink water instead of soda or sugary drinks.
- Use fluoride toothpaste and drink fluoridated water after meals to help cleanse the teeth.
- A child’s first dental visit should coincide with their 1st birthday.
- Wear protective gear like mouth guards during high-impact sports (basketball, football, hockey).
- Know first aid for tooth emergencies.
- Stop using tobacco products.
About Crunch and Delta Dental of Minnesota’s Partnership - The Minnesota Timberwolves and mascot Crunch are pleased to partner with Delta Dental in order to bring access to oral health messages and education to underserved children and youth throughout Minnesota. Through this partnership, Delta Dental of Minnesota will distribute oral health supplies and educational materials to more than 100,000 children over two years.
About Children’s Dental Services – Since 1919, Children's Dental Services (CDS) is dedicated to improving the oral health of children from families with low incomes by providing accessible treatment and education to our diverse community. CDS provides a full range of dental services to children from birth until age twenty-one and to pregnant women at schools, Head Start centers and other locations across Minnesota.
About Delta Dental of Minnesota – Delta Dental of Minnesota’s oral health initiatives are part of its non-profit mission to provide educational information and support community programs that help enhance the oral health of all Minnesotans. An independent, non-profit health services company, we take seriously our mission to serve Minnesotans’ oral health needs. Since 1969, we’ve accomplished this mission by providing the best access across the state to oral health care through affordable dental plans. Delta Dental of Minnesota serves 8,000 employer groups with more than 3.8 million members in Minnesota and across the nation. For more information, visit http://www.deltadentalmn.org.