Frequently Asked Questions

What are the active ingredients in Colgate Total? 

Sodium fluoride is the active ingredient used in the new Colgate Total formula and it provides multiple benefits; namely, anti-cavity, gingivitis, and sensitivity benefits. 

How does Colgate Total work? 

The new Colgate Total formula technology also uses a unique combination of ingredients like zinc together with fluoride to form a pro-active barrier that fights bacteria not just on teeth, but also your  tongue , cheeks & gums, so that your whole mouth is healthy.

What are the different types of Colgate Total? 

Please visit: https://www.colgate.com/en-ca/products/total to learn more about the different types and benefits of Colgate Total.

How safe are zinc and arginine?

Zinc is an essential mineral known for its antibacterial properties. Arginine is an amino acid known to be a building block of proteins. Both play critical roles in our bodies including growth and development and promotion of a healthy immune system. Both zinc and arginine are naturally present in our mouths. Based on hundreds of studies on the safety of zinc products, zinc in toothpaste is safe for use. Arginine has a long history of safe use as an ingredient in food and is categorized by the EU Commission and the US FDA as being safe for use in food. Based on safety data, arginine in oral care products is safe for use.

How much fluoride do Colgate Total toothpastes contain?  

Colgate Total formulas contain 0.32% of Sodium Fluoride

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.

Does Colgate Total contain alcohol? 

None of the Colgate Total toothpastes contain alcohol.

Where is Colgate Total made? 

Colgate Total toothpastes sold in the CA are made in our production base in Mission Hills, Mexico.

How safe is new Colgate Total formula? 

The ingredients in new Colgate Total formula have been proven safe and effective.  You can be assured that Colgate-Palmolive will introduce products into the marketplace only after their ingredients have established an exhaustive scientific record of safety and efficacy. Our daily diet contains many times more arginine than what is possibly ingested during the use of this toothpaste. Similarly, zinc is an essential element that is found in our daily food. The amount of zinc that is possibly ingested during the use of our toothpaste is far below our daily dietary intake and well within the levels that have been confirmed by international safety authorities to be safe. However, if you are pregnant or nursing, as with any product, we recommend seeking the advice of your medical or dental professional.

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.

Can kids use Colgate Total? 

Yes, it is safe for children when used within the recommended conditions for all fluoride toothpastes . Zinc is an essential element, and arginine is a nutrient, both are naturally occurring in a healthy diet for all ages.

Is the new Colgate Total formula safe for pregnant and breastfeeding mothers?

The ingredients in the new Colgate Total formula have been proven safe and effective.  You can be assured that Colgate-Palmolive will introduce products into the marketplace only after their ingredients have established an exhaustive scientific record of safety and efficacy. Our daily diet contains many times more arginine than what is possibly ingested during the use of this toothpaste. Similarly, zinc is an essential element that is found in our daily food. The amount of zinc that is possibly ingested during the use of our toothpaste is far below our daily dietary intake and well within the levels that have been confirmed by international safety authorities to be safe. However, if you are pregnant or nursing, as with any product, we recommend seeking the advice of your medical or dental professional.

Are the ingredients in New Colgate Total formula safe for the environment?

All of the ingredients we use in our products are safe for people and the environment. They meet our strict safety standards and all applicable government regulations everywhere they are sold around the world. The decisions we make on ingredients are based on a thorough evaluation of the latest scientific evidence. When we choose an ingredient, it is first prescreened by a team of Colgate-Palmolive scientists. Every ingredient is assessed alone and within a formula to ensure that nothing unexpected will occur. Our ingredient review assesses not just what happens in our laboratories, but across a range of real-world conditions – during manufacturing, in transportation, at the store, in consumers’ homes, and after consumer use.  

Did you change the flavor?

Yes. It has been changed and optimized for the best flavor experience with the new formula. You’ll love the new improved flavors as they will leave your mouth feeling fresh and clean. 

Is there information on Colgate Total and diabetes?

To know more about diabetes and dental health, please visit: https://www.colgate.com/en-ca/oral-health/conditions/diabetes-and-other-endocrine-disorders/diabetes-and-oral-health-problems

Is the new Colgate Total formula as good as the old one? 

New Colgate Total gives you whole mouth health in a completely new way, versus what Colgate Total has delivered in the past.  The new Colgate Total technology uses unique ingredients like zinc together with fluoride to form a pro-active barrier that fights bacteria not just on teeth, but also your  tongue , cheeks & gums, so that your whole mouth is healthy.

I want my other/older Colgate Total - how can I get that one again?

We have re-launched the entire Colgate Total range with the new and improved revolutionary formula. It delivers more benefits than ever before. The previous Colgate Total is no longer being produced.

Why did you move to new Colgate Total formula?

Colgate is committed to offering the most advanced products to meet the evolving oral care needs of our consumers.

The new advanced Colgate Total formula is the result of more than a decade of development, including dozens of laboratory and clinical studies, to provide people with improved oral health. Colgate Total’s new pro-active technology fights bacteria not just on teeth, but also your tongue, cheeks and gums for 12 hours, so that your whole mouth is healthy. 

New Colgate Total’s revolutionary formula delivers more benefits than ever before. It provides excellent protection against plaque, gingivitis, stains, tartar and cavities while providing additional new benefits including anti-sensitivity benefit across the range, seeking and fighting bacteria for enamel protection, instant neutralization of odors associated with bad breath and new improved flavors that will leave your mouth clean and fresh.