Delta Dental of Minnesota Blog

Are you prone to cavities?

January 15th, 2019

Are you prone to cavities?

If it seems like every time you go in for a cleaning your dentist finds a cavity, you may be wondering: “Am I just prone to cavities?” Actually, you might be.

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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



January 11th, 2019

When should I take my child to the Orthodontist?

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends a child’s first visit with an orthodontist occur by the age of seven, and you may be asking yourself why! Just like periodic check-ups with your dentist and cleanings with your hygienist, the answer generally has to do with detection and prevention of potential future problems.

January 8th, 2019

Juice cleanses: How do they affect your teeth?

The holiday season leaves a lot of us feeling over-full and ready to detox, and many folks turn to a juice cleanse to help. We take a quick look on what that might mean for your teeth.

January 4th, 2019

HPV, oral health and you

Did you know that there is now a vaccine that can prevent certain types of cancer? This is an exciting time as today’s generation of children, teenagers and young adults may be the first to benefit from the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination as cancer prevention.

December 31st, 2018

Preventive care in the new year

If you and your family’s annual maximum restarts in the new year, now is a great time to schedule checkups and cleanings. But fitting those trips into your busy schedule can be tough. We’ve got some tips and resources to help ease the burden.

December 21st, 2018

How to keep your smile bright in the season of sugary drinks

The holidays are just around the corner – which means it’s the perfect time to talk about the tasty drinks that help make the fall season so delicious. Pumpkin spiced lattes and eggnog are wonderful, but frequent consumption of sugary drinks can be harmful to teeth. In fact, repeated exposure to sugar plays a major role in the tooth decay process.

December 19th, 2018

Get the facts about second opinions

When it comes to your health, it’s always best to trust your instincts. If you feel unsure about a dental diagnosis or treatment plan, you may consider getting a second opinion from another dentist.

December 17th, 2018

What happens in your mouth when you snore?

Roughly 90 million Americans snore. If you’re one of them, you might be experiencing some oral health issues that you didn’t expect.

December 13th, 2018

A good laugh is good for your health

Holidays are a great time to spend with family, and laughing with relatives is one of the best parts of the season. Whether you’re barely giggling or totally cracking up, laughter can have positive effects on your oral and overall health. Read on to learn what a good laugh can do for you.

December 11th, 2018

Questions to ask your dental benefits broker

Your benefits broker is the person you rely on to understand your company’s unique needs and concerns, and to use that knowledge to recommend the best coverage options for your business. Your broker is trained to gather and convey the right information, but it can still be helpful for you to know what questions to ask your broker. Consider the questions below.

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