The Connections Between Gum Disease & Overall Health

There’s no denying the relationship between oral health and overall physical health — whether you’re talking about getting braces or practicing proper oral hygiene. That’s because the body is so interconnected, what affects one part affects the others. Gum disease, in particular, has a clear connection to the rest of the body. Did you know some of the side effects of gum disease range from cancer to diabetes to problems with pregnancies? The bacteria from periodontal disease has even been shown to enter the bloodstream and increase the risk of stroke.


Because gum disease and other health issues are so linked, it’s vital to practice proper oral hygiene to protect your body. Brush and floss twice a day. Avoid habits known to damage the teeth, such as smoking or chewing tobacco. Likewise, take advantage of tools that fight gingivitis such as the UV toothbrush sanitizer.


If you’re interested in learning more about the connection between gum disease and your overall health, take a look at the accompanying guide. In it, you’ll find a clear explanation of what gum disease is, some of the side effects, and how you can practice preventative measures to protect your health.



Author bio: Dr. Kristina Sakas Katz, Associate Orthodontist at Rosen Orthodontics, joined the practice in 2017. She has been a lifelong orthodontic learner, starting at age 10, when could be found shadowing her mother, Dr. Jacqueline G. Rosen, at the office. This early childhood interest developed into a passion.



Infographic created by Rosen Orthodontics


Removing Mold From Your Electric Toothbrush

At times, the use of an electric toothbrush can build up mold. Especially using it after long periods of time without cleaning it regularly. Nobody likes to brush with mold and mold does not like to brush with anyone either. Mold can be very toxic and it is important that it is removed immediately.

How To Remove Mold From The Brush Head

Wear gloves, bleach is a harsh solution. Mix one part bleach to ten parts water.

Dip the brush head into the bleach solution.

How To Remove Mold From The Toothbrush

Wear gloves and use a dry cloth.

Dip the dry cloth into the bleach solution.

Rub the cloth onto the toothbrush, successfully removing all of the mold that is present.

Why Does Mold Grow On My Toothbrush?

  • You’re sharing the toothbrush.
  • You’re storing the toothbrush in a cap that is not vented. So the bristles are not drying completely.
  • You’re keeping the toothbrush near your toilet therefore exposing it to bacteria that comes from flushing an uncovered toilet.
  • You’re not changing your toothbrush every 3 months.

How To Prevent Mold From Growing On Your Toothbrush

  • Change the brush head every three months and when the bristles appear worn out.
  • Deep cleaning your toothbrush, read our article about cleaning brush heads here.
  • Using disinfectant wipes to clean your toothbrush regularly will reduce the presence of mold on your brush.
  • If you brush twice a day, use two different toothbrushes. If you brush three times a day, use three different toothbrushes. A different toothbrush for each time of the day you brush.
  • Using a UV Toothbrush SanitizerSEE UV TOOTHBRUSH SANITIZERS HERE>>
  • Avoid, covering your toothbrush with a cap. Try to use a toothbrush with a vented cap for hygiene.

What Can Mold On My Toothbrush Do To Me?

Mold on your toothbrush can affect your lungs, it can also cause nasal stuffiness, throat irritation, coughing or wheezing, eye irritation, or in some cases, skin irritation.

Now your all ready for whenever the battle of mold tries to come your way! You’ll be able to stop it before it even starts, hooray!

Now you know why you need a UV toothbrush sanitizer




Tips On Keeping Your Brush Heads Sparkling Clean

Changing your brush head every 3 months is important to your overall oral health. But have you thought of how extremely important cleaning your brush heads while using them is. Here are some tips on making sure that you’ll get the best clean every time you brush.

How To Clean Your Brush Head

Vinegar Solution

Wipe the brush head with a dry cloth to remove any dirt that might be siting on it.

Make a vinegar solution by mixing ½ cup of water, 2 teaspoons of baking soda and 2 tablespoons white vinegar in a cup. After creating the solution, be sure to submerge the brush head into the solution for 30 minutes. Please check and pay attention to the time to avoid the bristles coming apart.

Once the 30 minutes are up, rinse and dry the brush head with a cloth.

This solution allows for the brush heads to be free of gunk, mold, and any living bacteria.

If you want a faster method, check out the boiling water method.

Boiling Water Method

Wipe the brush head with a dry cloth to remove any dirt that might be siting on it.

To clean brush heads please bring water to boil. Dip your toothbrush or the brush head into boiling water for 5 to 10 seconds, it will effectively clean the bristles. This is an important method to use for removal of bacteria from illnesses. Boiling your toothbrush will help you get better faster.

If you want a super easy and effective method with good known results then check out our UV sanitizers.

The Violife Countertop UV Toothbrush Sanitizer by Philippe Starck

Have you ever wanted to sanitize multiple brushes at just once while avoiding cross contamination at the same time? If yes, then this sanitizer might be for you!

This revolutionary product kills germs efficiently and prevents cross-contamination in up to 4 toothbrushes at a time, simultaneously using pure UV light. The germicidal UV light eliminates up to 99.9% of the germs on your toothbrush. Harmful germs such as streptococcus, e. coli, listeria, and salmonella. Its a one-touch start and auto shut-off after just 10 minutes!

The Violife Countertop UV Toothbrush Sanitizer by Philippe Starck sounds like a great idea but you just want one sanitizer holder, not multiple? Then you might want to keep reading.


The Violife Zapi Luxe UV Toothbrush Sanitizer

Zapi Luxe is decorative, cute, and merciless on those germs. Winner of the International Housewares Design Award 2009, your new high-tech friend kills 99.9% of germs and bacteria with UV technology, including H1N1, E. Coli, Staph, Salmonella, and Listeria. 7 minutes later, the sanitizer leaves your toothbrush pure, and then automatically shuts off.

Ever thought of a toothbrush sanitizer on the go? Keep reading!




The Violife Travel Safe UV Toothbrush & Sanitizer


Brush anywhere with confidence!  The toothbrush case has a built-in germicidal UV light which eliminates germs and bacteria like strep, e. coli, staph, salmonella, and H1N1 in just 6 minutes. This product is great for airplanes, hotels, college dorms, health clubs and many more places you can imagine! The Violife Travel Safe UV Sanitizer eliminates up to 99.9% of germs with pure UV light. This sanitizer has a lifetime bulb, so no need to replace the bulb! It is very easy to use, automatic activation when you close the lid and auto shut-off in 6 minutes.


Click here to find all our sanitizers!

Now you can brush your teeth with a healthy and sparkling clean feeling!






Violife Reviews: See What Our Customers Are Saying!

For the past few weeks, we have been in contact with various bloggers who have a nice range of followers. We decided to send each of these bloggers different products in return for their full and honest reviews. Not surprisingly enough, each of them found our products to be very well made, and were extremely happy with what they received. They all rated our products with five stars, below check out the reviews for each of our best-selling products!

Violife Slim Sonic Electric Toothbrush

The must-have fashion accessory that cleans your teeth too. A toothbrush with 22,000 powerful brush strokes per minute that provides a more effective cleaning compared to manual toothbrushes! This super lightweight and compact toothbrush provides maximum sonic cleaning, and has been recommended by most dentists and customers.

Here’s what customers are saying about the Violife Slim Sonic Electric Toothbrush:

  • “This toothbrush is small but mighty.”
  • “These toothbrushes are so fashionable!”
  • “They are so stylish and handy.”
  • “I take my Violife toothbrush with me everywhere, it fits in my purse perfectly”
  • “My Violife toothbrush is just the perfect size, it comes with a handy cap to protect the brush. I take it with me to work, since I brush after every meal, it works just perfect”
  • “I have tried other sonic electric toothbrushes before, and this one is not as loud as others, which is a great plus!”
  • “I love Violife brushes, I use them to travel!”
  • “The toothbrush works wonders, its so soft and leaves my teeth so clean!”

Please click the links below to find blog reviews of our Slim Sonic Toothbrush:

VIOlife Slim Sonic Stylish Toothbrush Review

Violife Rockee Kids Toothbrush

Oh, we have one for the kids too! Our Rockee toothbrush is our one and only toothbrush that rocks for the entertainment of children while brushing their teeth! It rocks, wobbles, and spins! Rockee’s unique design prevents it from ever laying on a surface, keeping the toothbrush and the counter clean.

Here’s what customers are saying about the Violife Rockee Kids Toothbrush:

  • “My daughter will not let go of her purple cat toothbrush!”
  • “The Violife Rockee Kids Toothbrush does not making it boring for my son to brush his teeth!”
  • “Wow I really love this toothbrush for my child, the brush head is so soft compared to other toothbrushes I’ve tested.”
  • “She won’t brush her teeth with anything else.”
  • “My little girl literally takes her toothbrush everywhere and asks me non-stop to brush her teeth with it!”


Your Toothbrush Cleans Your Teeth, But What Cleans Your Toothbrush?

Violife Zapi Luxe UV Toothbrush Sanitizer

A germ-free toothbrush was never so much fun! The VioLife Zapi Luxe UV Toothbrush Sanitizer uses safe UV light to destroy the bacteria’s DNA! A one-touch activation and auto shut-off in under 7 minutes with a lifetime UV bulb included! After one full cycle of using the Zapi Luxe, up to 99.9% of these germs are gone! Say goodbye to e. coli, streptococcus, salmonella, staph, and listeria!

Here’s what customers are saying about the Violife Zapi Luxe UV Toothbrush Sanitizer:

  • “I enjoy the thought that my tooth brush has been ‘degermed’!!”
  • “The UV bulb is very long lasting! “This sanitizer is so safe, I bought one for each of my grandchildren!”
  • “I have used it for years and I will continue to use it, I love it!”
  • “I love this! It is so easy to use!”
  • “I bought this for the safety of my grandparents, they love it so far.”


Violife Countertop UV Toothbrush Sanitizer by Philippe Starck

A special edition of the Countertop UV Toothbrush Sanitizer designed by Philippe Starck! This revolutionary product kills germs efficiently and prevents cross-contamination in up to 4 toothbrushes at a time, simultaneously using pure UV light. The germicidal UV light eliminates up to 99.9% of the germs on your toothbrush. Harmful germs such as streptococcus, e. coli, listeria, and salmonella. Its one-touch start and auto shut-off after just 10 minutes!

Here’s what customers are saying about the Violife Countertop UV Toothbrush Sanitizer by Philippe Starck:

  • My family & I have been using a Violife for years. It was one of the original products, that fits 4 toothbrushes/ toothbrush heads. I can honestly tell you that my husband & son, who have always suffered w/ canker sores, no longer do so. This is the only thing that had/ has changed in our home to make such a difference. When I originally purchased the Violife, my husband thought it a waste of money. Not for a second did he truly believe in it, so no placebo effect for him. After a few months, he mentioned to me that he was no longer suffering w/ canker sores. The same held true for our son. I hadn’t ever considered that this item would help in that regard. We continue to use the same Violife, to this day. The incidence of canker sores in their mouths has dropped, drastically. On the rare occasions that they do have canker sores, they are minor, & no longer painful, like they used to be. In addition to this, although all of our toothbrushes are in the same Violife, when someone gets a cold, virus, etc., it is rare that we pass it on from one to another. I do know that if we were using a regular, 4 toothbrush holder, this would not be the case. I can honestly tell you, it has made a difference in our home. -Lola


VioLife Travel Safe UV Toothbrush & Sanitizer

Brush anywhere with confidence!  The toothbrush case has a built-in germicidal UV light which eliminates germs and bacteria like strep, e. coli, staph, salmonella, and H1N1 in just 6 minutes. This product is great for airplanes, hotels, college dorms, health clubs and many more places you can imagine!

Here’s what customers are saying about the Violife Travel Safe UV Toothbrush & Sanitizer:

  • I came across this website because I was searching for a replacement Violife travel toothbrush holder. I travel extensively and have used one for the past 3 years. Prior to that I used simple plastic travel holders, but my toothbrush would get all kinds of nasty mold from being trapped in continual damp conditions. Violife is the only UV toothbrush holder I’ve ever tried, but it worked perfectly. I haven’t had a spot of mold in 3 years. About once a month a take some tissue paper and wipe the interior down, but that’s all the maintenance I’ve ever done, besides replacing the batteries, which last a long time. The only reason I’m looking for a replacement is because I dropped mine last week and broke the cover.
    I can’t speak to the Violife’s 99.9% germ fighting claim, but I can tell you that it keeps my toothbrush cleaner than anything else I tried before. -RTG



Disclosure: Bloggers received samples of the Violife Slim Sonic Electric Toothbrush for the purposes of a review. This had no bearing on their completely honest reviews above and they were not not influenced by any type of monetary compensation. The opinions and experiences they’ve shared with our products are their own and many may differ. They are not employed nor affiliated with Violife in any manner.







Color of the Year 2018: Our Color

PANTONE® determined this year’s color is Ultra Violet, and Violife is celebrating.

Ultraviolet drove the design of our first products as a company back in 2004 with the Countertop UV Sanitizer, and with many great changes this year, we feel an affinity to PANTONE®’s description of the color in the limelight: “Inventive and imaginative, Ultra Violet lights the way to what is yet to come.” That’s how we feel, having taken this year as an opportunity stretch our design muscles, and bring to life the feedback from our customers – one may even call it Purple Passion, like one of our best-seller Slim Sonic toothbrushes.

PANTONE® describes Ultra Violet as “complex and contemplative,” inspiring “the discoveries beyond where we are now.” This poetic description echoes how this color has fed our innovative products and designs, and parallels our excitement for the future. The cosmic energy that the color suggests is put to use in our Sanitizers, powerfully and effectively eradicating microscopic cosmos.

What is Ultraviolet, in real life?

Other than a beautiful and enigmatic color, ultraviolet is a fascinating type of electromagnetic radiation (think: radio waves, microwaves, infrared, visible light, X-rays and gamma-rays as other designations). Its frequency lies between visible light and and X-rays, allowing objects that absorb UV to fluoresce, and adding some extra powers to it that visible light doesn’t possess.

UV radiation’s effect on matter is powerful because it has enough energy to break chemical bonds. For this reason, UV causes chemical properties of atoms to change and if you’re a tiny (but dangerous) E. Coli bacteria running around on a toothbrush, you don’t stand a chance under those powerful rays.

While we at Violife use UV to keep your toothbrushes clean, at home or on the go as with our UV Travel Sanitizer, recent studies suggest that UV may have played a vital role in the origin of life on Earth. UV light is needed in the formation of RNA, and just like DNA, this is crucial for any form of life to exist.

Whether we are looking at Ultra Violet as a color, or UV radiation as force of physics, these are some inspiring and powerful qualities, and we are lucky to be able to use them to advance oral care.


Oral Health Matters to Your Overall Health

Recently, Dr. Roberto Monteagudo from WisconsinSmiles discussed the importance of oral health to your general physical health, and we couldn’t agree more. Eating the right food and exercising has often been the focus of maintaining the body’s overall health. However, oral care affects a wide range of organs, and can support or compromise the immune system.

Dr. Monteagudo states, “There is a connection between poor oral health with problems with your heart and increase chance of having a stroke” and in fact, our gums, if they frequently bleed for example, can be a good indicator of high blood pressure and the early warning signs for strokes. Another important factor is preventing the spread of diseases, and in one study, hospitals decided to buy their patients toothbrushes, having faced problems controlling the spread of pneumonia throughout their clinics. With the new toothbrushes and instructing the patients to brush their teeth regularly each day, there was a 70 percent decrease in clinical pneumonia and many hospitals are now following suit in this policy.


Gum diseases such as gingivitis are extremely common and in fact most people have some form of gingivitis due to irritation of gums and the teaming bacteria living in our mouths. However, with an imperfect oral care routine and if you don’t go to the dentist on a regular bases, food can build up under your gums, and the infection starts to grow. This infection begins to permeate the tooth itself, which you cannot actually feel until it is too late, causing tooth decay. Dr. Monteagudo explains, “The best way to tell early on if you have gingivitis is once you’ve brushed your teeth and you spit and there’s blood, that is a sign of infection […] If you notice your gums are red, not pink, they’re swollen and inflamed, and if you have bad breath, those are signs of infection.”

So what can you do to prevent this spiral?

Thankfully, prevention is easy: it simply involves the right tools and a good routine. It is important to brush your teeth regularly, ideally with a sonic toothbrush to avoid any of that food build up, and keep those toothbrushes clean with a UV sanitizer to kill any chance of infection. Sonic toothbrushes powerful clean your teeth, yet are gentle on even sensitive gums, and along with a sanitizer to keep the bacteria in check, are vital for your oral care routine.

What conditions does my oral health affect?

These conditions can be lessened or avoided with good oral care and by preventing infections in your gums from occuring:

  • Endocarditis: This is an infection in the inner lining of your heart that typically occurs when germs and bacteria from another part of your body, such as your mouth, spread through your bloodstream and attach to damaged areas in your heart.
  • Cardiovascular disease: Oral bacteria causes inflammation and infection in the gums, and the same can be true if that inflammation and infection spreads to clogged arteries and the heart, possibly causing a stroke or heart disease.
  • Pregnancy and birth: Periodontitis, a serious gum infection, can in extreme cases cause premature birth and low birth weight.

The good news is, you can protect your oral and overall health:

  • Brush your teeth at least 2-3 times a day
  • If you’re always on the go, bring a stylish toothbrush with you to work, the gym and your travels
  • Replace your toothbrush head every 3 months
  • Floss daily
  • Eat a healthy diet and cut out added sugars
  • Schedule regular dental checkups
  • Avoid tobacco use

It is important to look after your teeth and gums, and in doing so you will notice any symptoms to potentially serious conditions that you can treat at an early stage. Happy brushing!


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