Got A Tinge Of Ging(ivitis)?

Tiffani Thiessen,

Who didn't grow up wanting to be like Kelly? Admit it: you def wanted to show up to a Bayside pep rally with a giant pimple because Kapowski did.

It's been a while since the Saved by the Bell days, but Tiffani Thiessen, who played Kelly Kapowski, is giving us plenty of reasons to keep looking up to her. Our user Shauna Drumright, who won our Facebook and Twitter contest to interview Tiffani, got the scoop on the actress' healthy and positive approach to life (which must be working considering her skin is like a baby's butt and her hair shines like the top of the Chrysler building...yes, that was a quote from Annie. Deal with it.)

Tiffani leads an exemplary lifestyle by working out, drinking a ton of water and taking good care of her body. An important part of caring for her body, Tiffani says, is paying attention to dental health. So when Crest approached her to help launch a new toothpaste for gingivitis, Tiffani was excited to help spread the word.

Now, you may think gingivitis isn't something you need to pay much attention to, but half of American adults are affected by it and many don't even realize they have it. And if you're preggo, you're at even greater risk of developing it. Seriously, who wants to look like they just jumped out of one of those photo books of 19th century tenement ladies with a baby and inflamed gums?

According to the Mayo Clinic, gingivitis is an early form of gum disease that generally causes swelling of the gums, which can make them bleed when brushing or flossing your teeth. It also makes gums turn a dusky red, losing their healthy pink hue. Since it's often not accompanied by pain, many people don't realize they have it. But that's no good, because if left untreated, gingivitis can result in periodontitis, a more serious form of gum disease that causes tooth loss (yeah, we have those dreams too... they're common) and increases women's chances of giving birth to premature babies.

Tiffani says that Crest's Pro-Health Clinical Gum Protection toothpaste is clinically proven to help reverse gingivitis in four weeks. According to Crest, the toothpaste offers fluoride chemistry that helps inhibit gingivitis-causing bacteria in the mouth and helps eliminate plaque at the gum line.

And aside from her efforts to promote dental health, we also appreciate Tiffani's positive and balanced perspective on life. She advises ChickRx users, "Don't rush through life and get so caught up in trying to get things done," whether professionally or personally (read: don't rush to find a husband). She oughta know: Her husband is a total lamb and a total babe. Like, Baberham Lincoln if he were president kind of babe. Tiffani continued, "Be really grateful for everything you have and don't get stressed out over little things" because "life goes so fast." Yeah, we know... seriously seems like yesterday when we were rushing home to see if she'd pick Zack or Slater.

Also important to Tiffani is "setting a positive example for those you care about." She says her greatest role models, her mother and grandmother, "are strong women who get their point across but have a nurturing side." Now Tiffani, a new mom herself, is giving tons of young women some pretty good reasons to keep wanting to be like her too.

We're not saying that just because a gorge celeb that you wanted to be growing up says to do something, you should do it. But, we are saying that if a gorge, super cool celeb that you used to want to be (and still kinda do) who happens to have ridiculously perfect teeth says this toothpaste helps and there's research to help back it's worth a shot.


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