Timberwolves Mascot Crunch and Delta Dental of Minnesota to Visit Area Schools

Timberwolves Mascot Crunch and Delta Dental of Minnesota to Visit Area Schools

For Immediate Release

Thursday, April 4, 2013


Timberwolves Mascot Crunch and Delta Dental of Minnesota to Visit Area Schools

Visits Will Promote Dental Care and Daily Oral Health Habits

Minneapolis/St. Paul – 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 8 - Minnesota State Academy for the Blind, Faribault
  • April 26 - S.G. Reinertsen Elementary, Moorhead
  • May 3 - Laura MacArthur Elementary, Duluth

These schools were chosen because many students at these schools receive dental services from Children’s Dental Services – a partner of Delta Dental of Minnesota. "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. "Crunch helps raises awareness with the students, which in turn can lead to better dental health."  

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


Contact information:

Ann Johnson, Delta Dental of Minnesota, (612) 224-3248,

Mike Cristaldi, Minnesota Timberwolves, (612) 673-8405,

Aaron Seehusen, Minnesota Timberwolves, (612) 673-1602,

Dan Bell, Minnesota Timberwolves, (612) 673-1603,