Clinicians Corner
Delta Dental of Minnesota


Clinician's Corner

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.



Baby teeth— the building blocks to a healthy smile

With Dr. Nirmala Prabhu

Baby (primary) teeth are key to a healthy mouth and are critical to the growth of the child. Baby teeth start to erupt (come in) when the baby is around 6 months old. They will have a full set of 20 baby teeth by age 2.

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Raising a cavity-free kid

With Dr. Eileen Crespo

As a parent, it can be difficult to help your kids take care of their teeth. The good news is that childhood caries (cavities) are preventable. With the right information, parents and caregivers can be informed and know how to keep the smiles of their kids healthy!

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What to Expect at Your Next Dental Visit

With Dr. Bruce Templeton

As dental offices begin to reopen and/or continue to serve patients, many have taken a number of extra measures to ensure the safety, health and comfort of both their patients and staff​.

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Meet The Clinicians

Dr Crespo, author

Dr. 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.

Dr. 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.

Dr. 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.