Frequently Asked Questions

When was Colgate Total launched?

20 years of research has led to the next generation multi-benefit toothpaste that more fully delivers on the promise of whole mouth health. Our new breakthrough technology works with the chemistry and biology of the mouth to proactively fight bacteria, food acids & stains. Driven by a dynamic dual zinc system enhanced through arginine, our patented technology allows you to not only clean and protect your teeth, but your tongue, cheeks, and gums.

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, gum problems, and bad breath. The Colgate Total formula is so revolutionary, it has been patented.

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?

Colgate Total’s breakthrough technology  is driven by a dynamic combination of zinc which proactively fights bacteria and arginine which enhances zinc delivery. The Dual zinc and Arginine combination provides protection to all surfaces of the mouth including teeth, tongue, cheeks and gums. 

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 there information on Colgate Total and diabetes?

To know more about diabetes and dental health, please visit:

https://www.colgate.com/en-za/oral-health/conditions/diabetes-and-other-endocrine-disorders/diabetes-and-oral-health

Can kids use Colgate Total?

Due to the efficacy of plaque and gum problems, 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:  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 the difference between plaque and gum problems?

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, gum problems, bad breath,stains and enamel erosion. The Colgate Total toothpaste formula is so revolutionary, it has been patented.