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Eating and drinking to promote healthy gums

November 7th, 2018

Eating and drinking to promote healthy gums

Nutrition is vital for your entire body – including your gums! In recognition of Good Nutrition Month, take a moment this November to learn which nutrients help prevent gum disease.

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Meet The Clinicians



Learn about current topics and trends in dentistry and the importance of oral health as it relates to overall health from our team of experts.



Eileen Crespo, MD

Dr. Eileen Crespo is the Vice President of Medical Services at Delta Dental of Minnesota. Dr. Crespo is a practicing pediatrician of 20 years. She is currently a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and a member of the Board of Directors at Children’s Dental Service and the Minnesota Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Nirmala Prabhu, DMD

Dr. Nirmala Prabhu (Dr. Nina) is the Vice President of Dental Services at Delta Dental of Minnesota. Prior to joining Delta Dental of Minnesota, Dr. Nina was the Director of National Dental Policy and Surveillance and Utilization Review Subsystem (SURS) at Delta Dental of California for 18 years.



R. Bruce Templeton, DMD

Dr. Bruce Templeton is an oral surgeon and has served both on the board and as a medical consultant for Delta Dental of Minnesota since 2011. Dr. Templeton has served as both the Chief of Dentistry and Oral/Maxillofacial Surgery at the Minneapolis Veterans Affairs Health Care System, and as a clinical professor at the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry.



This information in this post is for general educational purposes only and does not warrant or represent any information as related to health as specifically appropriate for you. It is not intended to be medical advice or replace the relationship that you have with your health care providers. You should always seek medical advice on any diagnosis or treatment from a qualified health care provider. The information is provided “as is” without any representations or warranties, express or implied.






Recent Blog Articles



November 5th, 2018

Diabetes and oral health: The connection

Anything from measles to cancer, blood diseases to bulimia can be detected in the mouth. In fact, for many years, associations have been reported between the health of the mouth and medical conditions. One such association is with diabetes and periodontal disease (also known as gum disease).

November 1st, 2018

Small business owners: How your dental insurance company should be saving you time

When it comes to dental benefits, out-of-pocket costs are only one piece of the puzzle. If your insurance provider doesn’t have the right training and resources, selecting, implementing and managing plans for your small business can mean a significant loss of time for you. Save time by learning what to look for.

October 30th, 2018

5 teeth tips for school sports

School sports have begun, and players are hitting the field. Through all the ups and downs, don’t let your kid’s oral health get put on the bench. Follow these five tips to maintain terrific teeth from the first practice to the final buzzer.

October 30th, 2018

Small business benefits

Did you know that dental insurance is the ___third-most requested benefit___ among employees, after medical and retirement? It’s no coincidence – dental benefits have been shown to improve oral health and overall well-being. You want talented workers, and they expect benefit packages that work to keep their whole selves healthy.

October 26th, 2018

Boo! How to have a fun – and tooth-friendly – Halloween!

Halloween may be the holiday of candy, but that doesn’t mean your child’s teeth have to suffer! It’s easy to have a fun, and a tooth-friendly, Halloween!

October 23rd, 2018

Related: Migraines and oral health

If you suffer from migraines, you’re not alone – in fact, you’re part of a group that includes more than 38 million Americans. But did you know that your oral health may be playing a part in your condition?

October 18th, 2018

Be selfish with your toothbrush

You might share everything with your partner, from bites off your dinner plate to your car. But there’s one thing you should hold back on: Your toothbrush.

October 16th, 2018

Largest network, largest savings

At Delta Dental, we’re proud to offer both Delta Dental PPO™ and Delta Dental Premier® networks to our members. The unique dual network gives members the opportunity to choose from a broader selection of dentists. No other national dental carrier comes close to the size of our network:

October 11th, 2018

How can I tell if I have a cavity?

Many people identify toothaches with a for-sure tooth cavity, but in fact being able to tell if you have a cavity is a little more complicated. There’s no sure way to identify a cavity without a professional evaluation, so it’s best to see your dentist regularly.

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