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.

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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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Tooth Fairy Traditions – what does the molar myth look like around the world?

We shape our daily routine around them, we clean them, floss them, chew with them and check them for lipstick and food bits, tear open a bag with them when nobody’s looking. Our teeth are valuable to us, both in how they look and how we use them. It’s no wonder a tooth fairy would pay big bucks for them.

Throughout human history and across cultures, some interesting traditions have cropped up to accommodate the superstitions and celebrations surrounding the loss of baby teeth and the new gap for big-girl-and-boy teeth.

The United States & Canada

Let’s start with the enigmatic fairy. Who is she and where did she come from? And is she a ‘she’ after all?

The Tooth Fairy appeared in earliest written records of Norse in Northern Europe (almost 900 years ago), rewarding children when they lost their first tooth. Over the years, her payment, much like the number of presents Santa leaves, has increased but depends greatly on the country, family economic status and the average their friends receive. The fairy could perhaps use a business course.

 

Cha-ching Children! How much is she paying this year?

On average in the US, the tooth hoarder slips an average of $5.70 under your child’s pillow for the first tooth. After that, she leaves $4.13 per tooth on average. Bulk price, makes sense. Her price is in a slight slump in 2018, dropping 2 pennies from last year’s averages.

Canada went all out in embracing this tradition, and our fairy friend has her own money now. The Royal Canadian Mint began selling Tooth Fairy Quarters in 2011. After reading this, they’ll see they need to update those to Tooth Fairy dollars – quarters aren’t cutting it anymore. As you can see below, the fairy has two very different looks, but the Canadians are not the only ones who haven’t settled on what she looks like.

Wherever you look, there are fewer consistent descriptions of the Tooth Fairy than of Santa or the Easter Bunny. According to surveyed fairy customers, 74 percent thought she was female, 12 percent thought it was genderless, and 8 percent thought that he or she could be either male or female.

Spain, Latin America, and other parts of Europe

The Ratoncito Pérez (Pérez Mouse for the English speaking) is celebrated in Spanish-speakingcountries. Endearingly nicknamed Raton Pérez, the mouse will leave a gift, not always money, for the lucky child who just lost their tooth. Sometimes Mr. Pérez, in his great journey for the treasure, is deemed thirsty and so the tooth is left in a glass of water, which he drinks before scuttling off with the tooth. In many cultures, mice and rodents are admired for their strong ever-growing teeth, and Spanish and Hispanic cultures are not alone in wanting to associate these lucky creatures with their children’s teeth.

In Italy, we can find Topolino, also a mouse, who undertakes the Tooth Fairy’s normal tasks, and similarly in France la petite souris, ‘the little mouse’, purchases these toothy treasures. In parts of Scotland, the traditions fused and we can hear of a white fairy rat who buys the teeth with coins.

India, China, Japan, Korea and Vietnam

In some Asian countries, the child who lost their teeth throws it onto the roof if the tooth fell from the lower jaw, or if it came from the upper jaw they will throw it underneath the floor or home.While tossing their tooth, the child yells, asking for the tooth to be replaced with the tooth of a mouse (That’s right, we have not finished with the mice. The tooth fairy is feeling a little outnumbered right now.) This harkens back to how rodent teeth grow for the entire creature’s life and the gesture symbolizes health, strength, and longevity. In India, the child sometimes buries their teeth underground by a big tree.

The Japanese have finessed this tradition and throw their teeth straight up or down depending on where the tooth came from. This is in hopes that the tooth will grow straight. Ever the leaders in style.

Iraq, Jordan, Egypt, and Sudan

Similarly to the Asian countries, theatrical throwing is involved in these Middle Eastern countries. This time, the tooth is tossed upward toward Allah, although this tradition may predate Islamic tradition and emerged around when tooth fairies sprung in Europe in the 13th century.

Mongolia

Another animal gets a shot at partaking in the ceremony in Mongolia. Dogs are fed the child’s tooth (they make the tooth palatable with some fat or food). This special treat, woefully unappreciated by the dog, is in hopes that the child’s new tooth will grow to be as strong as the dog’s.

It seems that wherever you look, there’s a bit of tooth envy. While having the strength in your teeth of a mouse or a dog is impressive, there’s nothing quite like looking after the teeth you do have to keep them strong. Brushing is a start, brushing with stylish sonic toothbrushes, even better. The little ones can start this tradition early, and what better way than with the fun and effective Rockee Kids Toothbrush?

 

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Dating and Life: How can a Pretty Smile elevate Your Self-esteem

Dating and Life: How can a Pretty Smile elevate Your Self-esteem

Confidence and self-esteem, two tightly intertwined skills many people seem to lack due to the way they perceive themselves in everyday life. The problem of low self-esteem affects men and women alike, permeating all age demographics. However, there are many ways to improve low self-esteem, and in particular, there is a way to naturally elevate your self-esteem through good oral care and a pretty smile.

In a recent study conducted by Match.com, it was concluded that both men and women consider oral hygiene and the aesthetic appeal of a set of pearly whites to be one of the determining factors of attraction. Here is how you can easily obtain a pearly smile and elevate your confidence.

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall

Confidence and a positive self-image begin with the first thought that comes into your mind when you look at the person in the mirror. What do you see? Do you like the image? Chances are you are going to feel much better about yourself if the person in the mirror showed you a beautiful set of pearly whites.

After all, it’s no coincidence that Hollywood stars put so much effort into obtaining a picture-ready, gorgeous set of teeth. By taking care of your oral health, making sure to brush regularly, eating foods that promote healthy teeth, and even visiting the dentist for a touch-up, you will start loving the person in the mirror. From there, you can start projecting your confidence on others.

A Striking First Impression

A Striking First Impression

First impressions are everything, whether you’re going on a date, applying for a job, or closing a deal of a lifetime. Your teeth will play a vital role in how your colleagues and friends see you, how much they respect you, and how willing they are to accept you to their ranks.

Likewise, your date is going to form an opinion about you the moment he or she lays eyes on you. Don’t worry, it’s a natural instinct, but you do want to make their decision-making process easier, and turn it in your favor. Being able to flash a ravishing smile at a moment’s notice is a powerful tool you need to have in your arsenal.

Maintaining a Set of Pearly Whites

Maintaining a Set of Pearly Whites

So how do you go about obtaining a set of pearly whites, and more importantly, how do you take care of your teeth as time goes by? First of all, you’ll need to whiten your teeth. But do refrain from trying ineffective fads, and rather consult your dentist first.

Secondly, and more importantly, you want to maintain good oral health at home and whiten your teeth gradually over time with a Violife Slim Sonic toothbrush that’s powerful enough to eliminate food stains and plaque buildup. Moreover, make sure you carry your portable toothbrush with you so that you can have it ready to rock after lunch or a cup of coffee, or before heading out on the town in the evening.

In the modern world, a ravishing smile can be a powerful asset, and it all begins with a pearly set of whites. Be sure to keep these powerful insights in mind and you will have no problem elevating your self-esteem with the power of your very own, pearly smile.

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Electric Toothbrush Head Replacement: The Ultimate Guide

Toothbrush Head Replacement: The Ultimate Guide

So you have bought yourself your first electric toothbrush. Congratulations, you have made one of the best choices for the future of your oral health, and now it’s time to find out when and how you should replace and maintain the head of your toothbrush.

Simple enough as it may seem at first glance, caring for your electric toothbrush is important, as it is an investment into the future, and is a field where many people fail to adhere to the proper procedures. This leads to diminished results, and it can impact the longevity of your toothbrush. Here is how you can do it just right.

When to replace and how to care for your electric toothbrush

When to replace and how to care for your toothbrush

As a general rule of thumb, a toothbrush needs replacing every three months. However, this rule will vary depending on your toothbrush maintenance and storage habits. A typical toothbrush head can last much longer than three months at a time. However, if you keep it too close to the toilet and don’t put it back into the container after every use, you are shortening its lifespan significantly.
By using a toothbrush sanitizer you can extend the effectiveness of your toothbrush and you will only need to replace it when the bristles have lost their structural integrity. Additionally, be sure to clean your container once a week and keep your toothbrush away from the toilet, as germs travel through the air whenever you flush.

Replacing the head

Replacing the head

When it comes to replacing the head of your electric toothbrush-, you want to make sure you’re doing it right in order to get the most out of your product.
Fortunately, this is a pretty straightforward process. Firstly, be sure you’re not pulling the head straight off the brush, as it won’t detach that way. The electric toothbrush has a unique mechanism, so you will need to hold the base of the toothbrush with one hand, and pull up its head with the other by twisting it counterclockwise.
Take the new head, place it in the same spot, and rotate it clockwise until the notches have slid into place. You should hear a familiar click, acknowledging that the head is in place, locked and secured, and ready for use.

Regular toothbrush care and replacement is essential in maintaining a pearly smile that not only looks good, but is also healthy to boot. Be sure to use these simple tips and you will have no problems maintaining your oral health for years to come.

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Try out These Natural Remedies for Sensitive Teeth

Try out These Natural Remedies for Sensitive Teeth

Are you familiar with that common dread so many summer lovers share? It’s the fear of ordering your favorite icy cocktail, knowing your teeth will go into a freezing frenzy over the sudden change of temperature. But you’re not alone! Many winter nights by the fire are also ruined by a perfectly hot cup of cocoa for the very same reasons.
In the name of all ice-cream fans and those who like their morning cup of joe, here are a few natural remedies you can use in your home to ease your sensitive teeth troubles.

 1. Fun-up your Zesty Drinks

Fun-up your Zesty Drinks

If you love your lemonade, kudos to you for choosing the most vitamin C-rich beverage there is! However, the high acidity levels corrode your enamel, thus making your teeth become more sensitive. To minimize exposure to acid, use a straw when you sip your fruity refreshments.
Avoid unhealthy sodas and large amounts of sour fruits as well, but if you do eat them on occasion, use some water to rinse out the acid, but don’t brush immediately afterwards. It’s safe to use your toothbrush about an hour after your sour treat.

 2. Turn to Coconut Oil

Turn to Coconut Oil

A technique known as oil pulling, or swishing a spoonful of coconut or sesame oil in your mouth for a few minutes, has shown some effectiveness in reducing sensitivity. However, bear in mind that this is by no means a replacement for your daily dental routine.
You can start your morning by oil pulling for a few minutes to reap its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory rewards. It can help reduce plaque and harmful bacteria in your mouth, but make sure you follow the right technique – swish, spit out and rinse!

 3. The taste of Sea

The taste of Sea

Using a salt water rinse is a very gentle, yet powerful way to restore the pH balance of your mouth, and its antiseptic properties don’t allow the damaging bacteria to survive. As a result, your teeth are stronger, less exposed to these negative pests, and the pain will subside.
Mix two teaspoons of sea salt into a cup of warm water until dissolved, and then rinse your mouth twice a day, in the morning and before bedtime.

 4. Smelly, but Effective for sensitive teeth

Smelly, but Effective

Garlic might not be your favorite choice, but its anesthetic and antibacterial properties make it one of your best allies in fighting sensitivity. You can use it by making your own paste with one crushed garlic clove, a bit of warm water and some sea salt. Apply the blend to the affected area and rinse after a few minutes.
The same can be said for onions, a slice of which you can apply directly to your sensitive teeth, take out after a few minutes and rinse thoroughly. Bonus tip: the smell of garlic and onions can be removed by chewing on some parsley.

 5. Adapt your Habits

Adapt your Habits

For long-term teeth health, and reduced sensitivity, you can use a soft toothbrush, replace it regularly, and opt for a toothpaste designed for sensitive teeth. Plus, use a gentler approach while brushing – too much friction can aggravate your pain.

Finally, regular check-ups with your dentist, brushing and flossing mixed with these natural remedies can significantly help with your sensitivity troubles. Stay consistent and get ready for another season of hot cocoa, pain-free!

 

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