Tiffani Thiessen Talks Motherhood: ’I’ve Never Been So Happy’ (November, 2010)

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Tiffani at the PetitNest Launch PartyTiffani Thiessen will always be recognized for her fun-loving role as Kelly Kapowski on the 90s hit teen TV show, Saved By the Bell, but she's recently taken on the biggest role of her life — motherhood.

Partnering with Crest, the actress and new mom hopes to bring awareness to the importance of oral health for everyone, even toothless babies!

Tell me a little bit about your partnership with Crest.

"Being a new mom and an actress, my smile is very important to me. I was shocked to learn that one out of two American adults have gingivitis and many don't even know it! Through my partnership with Crest, I can encourage other people to pay closer attention to their oral health and protect their smiles. I've been using new Crest Pro-Health Clinical Gum Protection toothpaste. It provides advanced protection to help prevent and help reverse gingivitis in just four weeks."

So many mothers don't realize that dental hygiene should be encouraged even before a child's first birthday. How do you plan to educate your daughter about the importance of dental hygiene?

"It's important to start oral health habits young, even before they have teeth by caring for their gums. Once Harper is old enough to start brushing I think it's important to make the process fun. Playing her favorite song or video while brushing, or letting her choose her favorite toothbrush color will make the oral care process exciting and engaging for her. Also, I think it's important to teach children at an early age the importance of eating fruits and vegetables because nutrition plays a big role in oral health."

How did you and your husband come up with the beautiful name, Harper Renn for your daughter?

"Harper is a name my husband and I have always loved. Renn was given to her by my mother. It's sort of been a tradition that the grandmother gives the middle name in my family. Amber was given to me by my own grandmother as well."

I know that you got your start as a child model, how would you feel if in the near future Harper expressed an interest in show business?

"I honestly wouldn't want it for her. At least not while she is young. It was hard enough when I was doing it 25 years ago and I feel it's even harder now. The pressures are even greater for child actors."

You have a new eco-friendly baby/children furniture line, PetitNest, did decorating Harper's nursery inspire this venture?

"It was very much inspired by Harper and designing her nursery. My partner Lonni Paul and I were working together and decided to start a line of our own after noticing there wasn't a lot of baby furniture lines out there that appealed to our aesthetic taste. So PetitNest was born."

What's the best advice that you could give a first-time mom?

"Breathe...lots and lots of breathing. It's not easy. But it's so rewarding at the same time. I've never been so happy. She lights up my whole entire world by just smiling or giggling at me. It's amazing. And live for each moment. They go by so fast! I truly try and live for each special moment with her."

What's been the most unexpected aspect of being a new mom?

"The fact that I could love such a tiny new addition to my life so much and in a way that I have never loved anything before!"

Tiffani can be seen on USA Network's action drama, White Collar, returning with new episodes January, 18th