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I like to joke with my dentist that my husband and I paid for his new Mercedes with all the dental work we have had between the two of us the past few years. I don't want my children to suffer the same fate, so I am a little bit obsessive with my kids' oral care. I have them brush, floss, and use Crest Pro-Health For Me Anticavity Fluoride Rinse twice a day, every day. As it turns out, my obsessiveness is not unwarrented… good oral care also contributes to your overall good health.

Dr. Travis Stork

Dr. Travis Stork, Emmy nominated TV host of The Doctors and board-certified emergency medicine physician.

This weekend at the SHAPE DIVA DASH, I was fortunate enough to meet Dr. Travis Stork (Emmy nominated TV host of The Doctors) who has partnered with Crest and Oral-B Pro-Health to help others understand that a healthy mouth is an important part of a healthy body. I had a few minutes to speak with him regarding oral health.

Dr. Travis Stork and Kate KellyWhat is the one thing that you feel is the most important thing to take care of your teeth?

“Establishing a daily routine. The number one reason I teamed up with Crest Oral-B and their Pro-Health line is that, along with myself, Crest wants to promote this idea of a daily oral health care routine, using things that you know fight cavities and gum disease. If you commit to that early in life, or if you are an adult it's never too late to start, you can prevent so many–not only oral health problems–but now we are finding that oral health problems are linked to overall health, poor oral health leads to increased risk of heart disease and two-thirds of diabetics have gum disease… It's one little thing that you can do every day, that shouldn't feel like a chore, it should feel like you are doing something good, not just for your smile but for your body.”

Brushing“Remember, kids look up to parents. What I often see parents doing is, when it's time to go brush their teeth, floss their teeth, they make it a chore, it's viewed as a negative thing. And I think the more we can promote this as ‘this is great!', as something good for our health, and, hey on top of all that, keeping all your teeth, not having cavities, not having gum disease, not potentially having any other problems associated with it, and having good breath, all this stuff… this is a good thing! And your kids will pick that up, too.”

“One of the things I do is, I'll floss, brush and then I'll finish with an oral rinse. And after that is all done I'll just kind of enjoy the feeling of–not only fresh breath–but a clean mouth. I think that is something that we can promote, not only with ourselves, but with our kids.”

“And now the products are really advanced! Crest Pro-Health came out with the Tartar Protection rinse, where in the past when tartar mineralizes you can't do anything about it, so Crest Pro-Health Tartar Protection is designed to help prevent tartar and if you use it you get the benefit, if you don't, well you get a more vigorous scraping at the dentist.”

Is oral health hereditary or is it more how you take care of your teeth throughout your life?

“It's primarily what you do to you take care of your teeth, but there are absolutely some people that are genetically predisposed to gum disease and problems with their teeth. That's just a fact of life. But those are the people that need to be even more vigilant in taking care of their teeth. If you are vigilant, even people who are predisposed to getting gum disease or have oral health problems, they are going to be able to mitigate or greatly reduce the changes that they are going to end up with long-term problems or losing their teeth all these other things. The other thing is with regular dental visits, your dentist will do a good job of saying look you are someone who is at really at risk so come see me more often to keep on top of it. And remember preventive dental visits and oral care are much cheaper than treatments.”

CREST PRO-HEALTH TARTAR PROTECTION RINSECrest Pro-Health’s newest mouthwash innovation, new Crest Pro-Health Tartar Protection Rinse is the only mouth rinse that delivers both anti-cavity and anti-tartar benefits in one.

Crest Pro-Health Tartar Protection Rinse features fluoride to prevent cavities while the pyrophosphate helps to reduce tartar formation. Tartar is a hardened plaque substance that cannot be brushed away.

Crest Pro-Health Tartar Protection Rinse also freshens breath, fights unwanted surface stains and strengthens weakened enamel.

You can purchase the new Crest Pro-Health Tartar Protection Rinse in drugstores, mass retailers nationwide and on for approximately $5.49 (1L).

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