Beauty

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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Christmas Season: Perfect Gifts for Your Family and Friends

Christmas Season: Perfect Gifts for Your Family and Friends

The Holiday season is well under way with Christmas season looming ever nearer. Christmas spirit is in the air, and the joys of giving and sharing between friends, family, and all of those dearest to your heart will culminate on that faithful Christmas Eve.
While happiness, devotion, vows, and promises of love everlasting between friends, family and lifelong lovers will be shared on the two festive days, it’s also important to think about the presents you are going to give as well. Here are five Christmas and Boxing Day gift ideas your friends and family will love.

Beard Grooming Set

christmas season

There is nothing a man loves more than taking care of his carefully grown, shaped and trimmed mane. Luckily, there are plenty of ways you can help the man in your life achieve the look he has been going for this whole time by getting him a Beard Grooming Set.
The set will entail a smart electric trimmer, beard and mustache combs, oils and pomades full of nutrients to feed the hair and the skin underneath. Soon enough, his manly mane will be glistening with health and vibrancy.

A Beauty Set for a Pearly Smile

A Beauty Set for a Pearly Smile

There is nothing better than giving your loved ones the gift of obtaining the pearly set of whites they always wanted! But rather than getting them a simple toothbrush and some oral care essentials, you want to make this gift stand out from the rest.
With a Black Limited Edition Beauty Set form Violife containing an electric toothbrush, a compact mirror and a handy hair trimmer, the ladies in your life will have everything they need to nurture a pearly smile on the go.

Essential Oil Diffuser for a Healthy Home

Essential Oil Diffuser for a Healthy Home

A humidifier is an essential gift that will find a prominent place in every home due to its healthful properties. A step up from a traditional humidifier is the Essential Oil Diffuser that allows refreshing and soothing aromas to permeate a home.
The Oil Diffuser will help prevent dry and stuffy air and eliminate germs that lead to common conditions during the winter months, such as the flu. It will also help keep the skin hydrated.

Light Therapy Mask for Skin Rejuvenation

Light Therapy Mask for Skin Rejuvenation

Whether you are thinking of the women in your life or even you dad, everyone can appreciate a quality skin rejuvenation product. Rather than going for the traditional skincare set consisting of oils and face creams, opt for a more modern solution.
A Light Therapy Mask is a wonderful gift that uses LED lights to battle acne, has anti-aging and anti-inflammatory properties, and is completely natural. Use the different colors to achieve your desired results!

Christmas is nearly here, and with it comes the joy and of giving and sharing with the ones you love. Be sure to make this Holiday season memorable by choosing these gifts for those dearest to your heart.

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Don’t Let Red Wine Teeth Ruin your Date Night

Don’t Let Red Wine Teeth Ruin your Date Night

It’s a lovely evening, and you’ve caught the Saturday night fever! So why not loosen up and enjoy a glass of the restaurant’s finest red with your date? When the time comes to powder your nose, you see your reflection in the mirror, and oh my, have you got a fiery smile! Although a fun anecdote to tell your best friend, you’d probably prefer to avoid such a mishap from repeating itself. Let’s take a look at just what you need to do in order to prevent your favorite red wine from ruining your teeth.

1. Say Cheese

Say Cheese

Not only is this a delicious solution, but a highly effective one. The harder kinds are the most beneficial, as they provide a barrier for your pearly whites and prevent the acid in wine from leaving stains.
Cheese is also rich in calcium, a healthy component that keeps your enamel strong. Who knew that wine and cheese make such an incredible couple?

2. Grasp at Straws

Red wine teeth

Don’t mind the look, it’s the function that matters! Ask the waiter to bring you a straw for your wine, as keeping your teeth from ever touching the wine could be the best protection. It’s not ideal, since you’ll deprive yourself of that tantalizingly rich savoring, but your smile will be worth it.
Also remember not to start white and then move on to red. White wine has a higher level of acidity, so it can strip your teeth of their natural protective barrier making it all the more difficult to prevent red stains later on.

3. Brush Before, not After

Brush Before, not After

Once again, your toothbrush is your smile’s best friend! Make sure to brush thoroughly about an hour before you meet your date. It will not only make your breath fresh, but it will also protect your teeth from coloring by removing as much plaque as possible – which is where the red sticks to in the first place.
Then again, brushing immediately after drinking wine can actually damage your enamel due to the amount of acid. You can take a sip of plain water to rinse out the acid residue.

4. Fiber up

Fiber up

Your pungent cheesy friend isn’t the only snack your smile will love. If you’re not a fan of dairy, you can enjoy a plate of various vegetables, such as celery, broccoli and carrots. These wonderful greens are full of healthy fiber and simply nibbling on them will be a natural cleanser for your teeth.

5. Wipe the smile clean

Wipe the smile clean

It’s precisely for these occasions that Ms. Kimberly Walker cleverly came up with the idea of wine wipes. Yes, you’ve read that correctly, there are wipes designed to remove red stains from your smile when none of the above strategies seem to do the trick.

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A Gamechanger: Diet Soda is Actually Bad for Your Teeth

Strangest Toothpaste Flavors from Around the World

Sorry, Diet soda lovers, but it seems that it’s not just sugar that can ruin your pearly whites! You might believe that opting for a diet soda instead of its evil twin-sibling, sugar-laden soda is better for your health. On the contrary, the key teeth-eroding ingredient in a soda is not sugar alone. Diet soda is bad for your teeth.

The Key Culprits

Do you know what makes your soda so wonderfully bubbly? Carbonated water, which is produced by dissolving carbonic acid in water. Typically, sodas contain other acids as well, such as phosphoric and citric, the later one being present in those that have a lemony taste.
Other acids in sodas serve to improve taste and preserve the drink, so they behave as standard flavor enhancers and additives, but they are equally bad for your teeth. Combine that with the acid that your mouth bacteria produce when they “eat” sugar, and you have a killer combo. Sorry to burst your bubble!

The Effect on your Smile

Diet Soda Bad for Your Teeth

Dental experts compare an avid soda consumer’s mouth to that of a heavy drug addict. A picture is worth a thousand words, they say, but unless you terribly need motivation to quit your soda habits, don’t Google the term. It’s terrifying, to say the least.
In a study conducted by the University of Michigan, your enamel is bound to suffer greatly after long-term consumption of soda, with no difference between diet and regular. Mountain Dew, canned ice tea and Sprite came out as “winners”, causing the most damage, followed by Pepsi and Cola drinks.

Smart Soda Drinking

Smart Soda Drinking

Yes, you’re best off without the bubbly goodies, but if you still insist on having an occasional soda, it’s best to change the way you drink it.
First of all, don’t let the soda stay too long in your mouth, and after you finish the drink, rinse with tap water. And finally, never brush your teeth immediately after drinking soda – that can only damage your enamel even more, so wait for at least an hour.

Safe Alternatives

Your safest bet? Water, of course! But brewed coffee, tea and root beer are also teeth-friendly, if you crave for a different type of refreshment.
Keep in mind that lemony drinks contain plenty of citric acid, which is said to be almost as corrosive as battery acid. Sugared juices might not be as acidic, but they sure are sweet, and that’s your teeth’s second-worst nightmare.

Care for your lovely smile by making healthy choices every day, not just during those few minutes of brushing, and you’ll show off those pearls for years to come!

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Foods that Can Be Both Good and Bad for Teeth

Foods that Can Be Both Good and Bad for Teeth

Since we were kids, we have been taught that candy and other sugary foods can cause a great deal of damage to our teeth. But how about fruit and vegetables? While many of these foods may be good for teeth whitening and fresh breath, you should be very careful with their consumption and try to take care for your teeth soon after eating them.

Foods good for teeth

Apples are rich in vitamins that stimulate gums, increase saliva production in your mouth and clean tooth surfaces. They also fight bad breath. However, apples are high in acid, which is surprisingly hard on your enamel. Eating apples is fine, as long as you make sure to rinse your mouth with water or mouthwash shortly after.

Lemon

Lemon

In one of our recent blog posts we mentioned a surprising research report that showed how eating plenty of lemons and oranges can protect tooth enamel, thanks to the increase of saliva production. But try to take it easy on them. If acidic fruit like lemons, limes, and oranges are eaten in excess or kept in the mouth for an extended amount of time, their acids can soften and erode tooth enamel. This weakens the strength of the teeth and makes them prone to sensitivity and decay. Lemon juice showed the most severe damage to frontal enamel, followed by grapefruit and orange juice.

Onions

Onions

Yes, we know this sounds strange, considering the fact that we all try to avoid onion breath,, but consuming raw onion is known to improve the strength of your teeth, and fight off bacteria which can cause tooth decay! Not only does chewing raw onion kill most germs in your mouth, but rubbing an onion on a sore tooth can also relieve a toothache.

Raisins

Raisins

Thanks to their sugar content and stickiness, you may think that raisins are a disaster for your pearly whites. Nevertheless, you will be surprised how protective they can be. Did you know that cereals with raisins help clean the mouth faster than those without raisins? Chewing raisins stimulates saliva, and therefore helps prevent plaque, stains and cavities.

Herbal tea

Herbal tea

Just like coffee, herbal tea contains tannin, a substance that may lead to leaving stains on your teeth. On the other hand, green and black tea contain beneficial organic chemicals called polyphenols that interact with the plaque, causing bacteria by killing or suppressing them. This is why tea is a great drink choice, especially during or after meal, since it reduces the presence of these acid producing bacteria in your mouth.

What you eat has a great impact on your oral health, so try to make healthier choices if you want to have a beautiful and healthy set of teeth.

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