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!






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, 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.


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!



7 Ways to Stay Healthy in 2018

7 Ways to Stay Healthy in 2018

Have you set up your healthy New Year’s resolutions yet? If not, we have just the list for you. The following are some of the healthiest habits you can introduce into your daily schedule. Let’s start 2018 off with a healthy mind, body, and soul! Stay Healthy in 2018

Tidy up Your Nutrition

Have you ever heard the old saying “within a healthy body resides a healthy mind”? Well, the age old adage holds true to this day and 2018 is the year you want to switch out all of your unhealthy vices with healthy food choices. With proper nutrition entailing proteins, healthy fats, and carbs, you will not only look and feel younger, but you will also banish unwanted belly fat and lead an all-around energetic lifestyle.

Don’t Skip Regular Checkups

 Stay Healthy in 2018

One of the biggest problems in modern society is that people aren’t visiting the doctor’s office often enough. In fact, only when something has already happened do people decide to see their doctor. In order to safeguard your long-term health, prevent maladies, and discover any looming medical conditions, you want to create a yearly appointment schedule. Regular checkups will help you lead a healthier lifestyle.

Bring Your Oral Hygiene to the next Level

Bring Your Oral Hygiene to the next Level

One of the healthiest long-term resolutions you can make is to step up your oral hygiene in the New Year. Keeping your teeth in perfect condition as well as taking care of your gums will not only produce a ravishing set of pearly whites, but it will also help maintain the health of your joints, lungs, and heart.
You can use the new Duo Sonic electric toothbrush with sonic-optimizing precision bristles to make teeth brushing effective and enjoyable. With a push of its soft-touch power switch, you can choose between two speeds: 31,000 plaque-busting strokes per minute and 22,000 effective yet gentle strokes per minute. A perfect gift for you and your loved ones.

Supplement with Healthy Vitamins and Minerals

While maintaining a healthy diet is important, you also want to introduce natural supplements to your daily routine. Rather than trying to get in vitamins and minerals through foods, you can take a multivitamin supplement in the morning and improve your immune system and quality of life. Creating a healthy morning routine such as this is easy, fun, and rewarding.

Eliminate Stress from Your Life

Eliminate Stress from Your Life

There is no way around it, if you want to be happy all year-round, you need to decrease the stress in your life. The first thing you want to do is to eliminate the stressful triggers around you. These can be anything from the clutter in your home, to unhealthy relationships at work.
Next, you want to reshape your mindset. Accept that whatever happens, happens for a reason. Do your best to make it right, put a smile on your face, and start listing all of the things that make you happy. Don’t worry, you will be right as rain in no time.

Make Fitness a Habit

Make Fitness a Habit

Another healthy decision that can have lifelong benefits for your physical, psychological, and emotional well-being, is embracing fitness as an inextricable part of your lifestyle. Don’t worry, taking the first step is not as difficult as it might seem. Especially if you have a clear goal, and a realistic plan.
So start small, and experiment with different types of training.

Become an Early Riser

Finally, sticking with all of these habits will become much easier once you master the art of getting up early in the morning. It might seem difficult, especially with the cold, dreary weather outside, but once you enforce a strict sleeping schedule, you should have no problem rising with the sun.
Suddenly, the days will feel much longer, you will have the time to accomplish every task, and you will feel energized, positive, and ready to take on the world!

By introducing these seven habits into your daily routine, you will have no problem making 2018 the healthiest year of your life.


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