American Dental Association praises O'Rourke for recording visit to dentist on Instagram
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The American Dental Association (ADA) on Thursday praised former Rep. Beto O'RourkeRobert (Beto) Francis O'RourkeIdentity politics and the race for the Democratic nomination O'Rourke’s strategy: Show Americans the real Beto Ex-Michelle Obama aide says O'Rourke's road trip is a 'listening tour' in form of a travel blog MORE (D-Texas) for recording his trip to the dentist. 

“The ADA recommends everyone visit a dentist regularly and we’re happy to see former Rep. O’Rourke is doing that today!” the ADA told The Daily Beast. “Instagramming from the dentist, however, is a personal preference.”

The statement came hours after O'Rourke posted a video on Instagram as he received dental cleaning from his dental hygienist, Diana.

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"So I'm here at the dentist and we’re going to continue our series on the people of the border," O'Rourke said in the first of a series of videos he posted on the subject. 

O'Rourke, who represented a district in El Paso from 2013 to early January 2019, then flipped the camera in the direction of Diana, who recounts her time growing up near the U.S.-Mexico border. 

The hygienist, wearing goggles and a mask covering her mouth, goes on to recount her family's background, including details about how her mother, who was born in a small town in Mexico, gained U.S. citizenship. 

"The entire neighborhood was there when she passed her citizenship test," she said.

"It was wonderful," Diana said, before adding that she wants other Americans to realize that the region near the border is "a beautiful community."

The interview came as part of a series of videos O'Rourke has been posting about people who live near the U.S.-Mexico border. 

O'Rourke became a rising Democratic star in his bid to unseat Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) last year and is considering a run for president in 2020.

He has criticized President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump claims media 'smeared' students involved in encounter with Native American man Al Sharpton criticizes Trump’s ‘secret’ visit to MLK monument Gillibrand cites spirituality in 2020 fight against Trump’s ‘dark’ values MORE's rhetoric about the southern border, saying earlier this week that it was "one of the safest places" in the U.S. 

His comments came as Trump demands $5.7 billion for a wall along the southern border, which Democrats oppose. The failure to reach an agreement led to a government shutdown that has persisted for more than three weeks.