Delta Dental donates toothbrushes to foodshelves

To celebrate National Smile Month in June, Delta Dental of Minnesota is distributing 45,000 toothbrushes to 20 food shelves across the state.

“At Delta Dental of Minnesota, we believe that everyone deserves a healthy smile,” said Rod Young, CEO and President at Delta Dental of Minnesota.

“National Smile Month is an annual recognition of the importance of oral health and its link to overall health.”

The donations reach the Twin Cities region as well as greater Minnesota, including Bemidji where Delta Dental of Minnesota has its technology and call center, as well as North Dakota and Nebraska.

“Food and oral health go hand in hand,” said Dr. Eileen Crespo, Vice President of Medical Services at Delta Dental of Minnesota.

“These food shelf programs provide nutrition for those who otherwise wouldn’t have sufficient access. In addition, these individuals do not have sufficient access to oral health resources.  It is a proven medical fact that good oral health is directly related to your overall health.”


Larissa Donovan is the News Director for the stations of Paul Bunyan Broadcasting and has been, almost without interruption, since Election Day 2016. She covers events and issues in north-central Minnesota, which include local government, crime, courts, education, environment, and social issues. She studied communications at Bemidji State University and received her degree in 2018. Larissa, native to the great state of New York, grew up in Bemidji and enjoys spending her spare time with her son Logan, daughter Brigid, and pets Vincent and Piper. She also loves reading, Star Trek, and gardening... badly.

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