Frequently Asked Questions

When was Colgate Total launched?

Colgate-Palmolive launched the Colgate Total toothpaste in December, 1997. Colgate Total was the first toothpaste to obtain the ADA Acceptance Seal for helping prevent and reduce dental deterioration, gingivitis, plaque and bad breath when used as indicated.

How does Colgate Total work?

All Colgate toothpastes contain a unique formula that helps fight today’s most common dental and mouth problems including cavities, plaque, tartar buildup, gingivitis, and bad breath. The Colgate Total formula is so revolutionary, it has been patented.

The first active ingredient is Triclosan, which is used to prevent plaque and gingivitis. The second active ingredient is Flouride which is used for protection against cavities. Both are effective in reducing tartar buildup and proportioning a long duration for fresh breath.

The Triclosan is active in between brushing because the Colgate Total toothpaste also contains a patented copolymer, called Gantrez. Gantrez makes it possible for the Triclosan to stay on top of the teeth’s surface, giving continuous protection for up to 12 hours. Colgate Total is the only toothpaste that has a Triclosan/Copolymer patented system.

The copolymer Gantrez does not prevent Flouride from getting to the tooth. In fact, Colgate toothpaste contains fluoride which needs to get to the tooth’s surface for it to be activated.

Does Colgate Total contain gluten?

We certify that all Colgate Total toothpaste do not contain gluten.

Does Colgate Total contain animal derivatives?

Colgate Total toothpastes do not contain ingredients derived from animals. The glycerin used in our Colgate Total toothpastes comes from synthetic products or vegetables.

What are the active ingredients in Colgate Total?

The first active ingredient in Colgate Total toothpastes is Triclosan, which is used to prevent plaque and gingivitis. The second active ingredient is Flouride used for protection against cavities.

How much fluoride do Colgate Total toothpastes contain?

Going along the US Food and Drug Administration, all Colgate Total formulas used for toothpastes, including toothpastes for kids, contain 0.24% of Sodium Flouride, and 0.75% of Sodium Monophlurophosphate.

Is Colgate Total safe for dental work?

All Colgate Total toothpastes are designed for the everyday use. They are safe to use in any dental work including braces.

Is Triclosan safe?

Colgate Total is the only toothpaste that has been submitted to the rigorous revision process from the US Food and Drug Administration, it is the only toothpaste approved by the FDA and accepted by the American Dental Association as effective and safe.

More than 80 clinical studies, which include 19,000 people, confirm the toothpaste’s safety and effectiveness. Ours investigations are shared with regulatory agencies in Australia, Canada and the United States. They have all had their own revisions of Triclosan, and in all cases they have confirmed that the safe and continuous use of Triclosan in toothpastes generates a health benefits.

Where is Colgate Total made?

Colgate Total toothpastes are sold in the US and are made in our main production base in Morristown, Tennessee.

What are the RDA levels of Colgate Total toothpastes?

All Colgate Total toothpastes are under 250, which is the maximum level of RDA approved by the ADA.

Is there information on Colgate Total and diabetes?

To know more about diabetes and dental health, please visit: http://www.colgatetotal.com/total-benefits/diabetes

Can kids use Colgate Total?

Due to the efficacy of plaque and gingivitis, Colgate Total toothpastes have not been tested on kids younger than the age of 6. Colgate Total toothpastes are recommended for adults and kids older than 6 years old. Please confirm with a dentist or doctor.

What are the different types of Colgate Total?

Please visit: http://www.colgatetotal.com/toothpaste to learn more about the different types and benefits of Colgate Total.

Does Colgate Total contain alcohol?

None of the Colgate Total toothpastes contain alcohol.

What is Copolymer (or Gantrez)?

Triclosan stays active during brushing because Colgate Total toothpaste also contains the only patented copolymer called, Gantrez. This ingredient lets the Triclosan stay on the tooth’s surface and keep protecting for up to 12 hours. Colgate Total is the only toothpaste that has a patented system of Triclosan/Copolymer.

What is the difference between plaque and gingivitis?

Plaque is a sticky and invisible layer that builds up on the surface of teeth due to bacteria and saliva. The daily use of dental floss and a complete brush can remove plaque.

Tartar buildup is the mineral deposit that forms along the line of gums.

When tartar gets hard it can only be removed with a professional dental cleaning, when the dentist scrapes and polishes the teeth.

The best way to remove the plaque that causes the dental deterioration, is by brushing your teeth every day. Brushing your teeth removes the plaque from the teeth’s surface.

All Colgate toothpastes contain a unique formula that helps fight today’s most common dental and mouth problems, including cavities, plaque, tartar buildup, gingivitis, and bad breath. The Colgate Total toothpaste formula is so revolutionary, it has been patented.