Delta Dental of Minnesota Blog

Clinician’s Corner: Head and Neck Cancer Awareness and Prevention

June 1st, 2021

Clinician’s Corner: Head and Neck Cancer Awareness and Prevention

Dr. Eileen Crespo provides a review on head and neck cancer awareness and prevention, and provides important reminders about the impacts the disease has on oral health.

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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



May 26th, 2021

Clinician's Corner: Preparing to get the COVID-19 Vaccine

In this installment of Clinician's Corner, Dr. Nina Prabhu shares some tips and reminders to help those who intend to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

March 31st, 2021

Clinician’s Corner: Teeth grinding & COVID-19

With increased stress and anxiety surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, some people may be experiencing pain or symptoms of bruxism (teeth grinding). Dr. Templeton explains what bruxism is and offers some solutions that can help those who experience it.

March 19th, 2021

Clinician's Corner: A beginner's guide to braces

Dr. Nina Prabhu shares a few things you should know if you have or will be getting braces!

January 4th, 2021

Clinician's Corner: Preventing mask mouth

You may have noticed your breath seeming worse or your mouth drying out with regular mask wearing. Dr. Templeton shares some oral health tips to help keep you and your mouth comfortable.

December 13th, 2020

Dentist approved stocking stuffers

Yule love these creative stocking stuffer ideas that promote good oral health!

December 8th, 2020

Holiday song brush along

To liven up your tooth brushing routine, turn the radio to a holiday station and listen to one of these two minute classics!

November 20th, 2020

Clinician's Corner: Eat this, not that— healthy choices for your Thanksgiving menu

With all of the changes to Thanksgiving Day celebrations this year, it might be the perfect time to add a few more tooth-friendly foods to your table. Dr. Templeton recommends some options that promote good oral health.

October 28th, 2020

Halloween health & safety tips

Don't let COVID-19 haunt you this Halloween— follow these guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention for a safe and fun celebration!

September 23rd, 2020

Clinician's Corner: Dentures do's and don'ts

Dr. Nina Prabhu walks through how to properly care for dentures.

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