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 with brushing 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, PVM/MA, which enables the Triclosan to remain in the mouth’s surface and provides continuous protection for up to 12 hours against plaque and gingivitis. Colgate 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. Colgate Total* toothpastes are the ONLY ones with this unique triclosan/copolymer system and fluoride active system.
The best way to remove plaque, the primary cause of tooth decay, is by brushing and cleaning between the teeth twice a day. Brushing removes plaque from the tooth surfaces.
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.
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.