The first Active Ingredient is Triclosan, which is used to help prevent plaque and gingivitis. The second Active Ingredient is Fluoride for protection against cavities. Both are effective in reducing tartar and provide long-lasting fresh breath protection.
Triclosan continues to be active between brushings because Colgate Total Toothpaste also contains a unique patented co-polymer, Gantrez, which enables the Triclosan to remain on the tooth's surface and provides continuous protection for up to 12 hours. Total is the only toothpaste that has the patented triclosan/copolymer system.
The Gantrez co-polymer does not prevent fluoride from getting to the tooth. In fact, Colgate Total toothpaste contains fluoride which needs to reach the tooth surface to be active. Colgate Total toothpastes are the ONLY ones with this unique triclosan/copolymer system.
More than 80 clinical studies involving 19,000 people affirm its safety and effectiveness — more than any other toothpaste. Our research is shared with regulatory agencies in Australia, Canada, Europe and the United States. All have conducted their own reviews of triclosan, and in every case, they have affirmed triclosan’s continued safe use in toothpaste, especially where a health benefit has been demonstrated, as with Colgate Total.
Tartar is the crusty mineral deposit that forms along the gumline of teeth.
When tartar hardens it can only be removed during a professional cleaning, when the dentist or dental hygienist scales and scrapes your teeth.
The best way to remove tooth decay-causing plaque is by brushing and cleaning between the teeth every day. Brushing removes plaque from the tooth surfaces.
All Colgate Total toothpastes contain a unique formula that helps fight today's most common oral health problems including cavities, plaque, tartar build-up, gingivitis and bad breath. The Colgate Total toothpaste formula is so revolutionary it's even patented.