Colgate Total Review [Dentist Honest Opinion]

Dental hygiene is essential, and it plays a significant role in your overall well-being.

As a busy and experienced family dentist, I get asked by patients all the time about regular toothpaste. They want to know about the basic toothpastes found at their supermarket. Is a Colgate Total or Crest or Oral B good enough?

Wondering is normal! We all want to make the best decision to protect our teeth without busting the budget.

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Using great fluoride toothpaste, such as Colgate Total, is one way to achieve good dental hygiene. With its proactive formula, this toothpaste will fight bacteria in your mouth for up to twelve hours.

As a result, your breath will be fresher, your teeth will be less sensitive, and you’ll be immune against cavities, plaques, tartar buildup, dental calculus, enamel damage, and gum disease.

Below is a comprehensive review of Colgate Total Original and everything else you need to know about it.

I really like Colgate total, and recommend it often. I receive no benefit or kickback for telling people about which toothpastes I like.

Features of Colgate Total

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A very large tube of Colgate Total on a sink

Colgate total has a lovely design with simple colors that are pleasant to the eye. Because of its size, it should fit in your cabinet or sink.

It has a decent, flat (at the top) lid that is wide enough to allow you to store it without tipping over. The lid closes and clicks into place to prevent any spillage. 

The size of the tube is just perfect, not too big, not too small.

Directions for Using Colgate Total

While using Colgate Total Original toothpaste, you’ll need to do the following:

  • Use only a pea-size of the toothpaste or as directed by your dentist
  • Use a toothbrush you are comfortable with (manual or powered)
  • Use a soft-bristled brush
  • Brush in short, gentle strokes
  •  Do not forget to brush your tongue and gums
  • Brush twice daily or as directed by your dentist
  • Not recommended for children under the age of six

What Is the Price and Value of Colgate Total?

The pricing of each tube of Colgate varies from one store to another and with package size.

Colgate Total Original is well worth it for the amount of toothpaste you purchase and the amount of time you use it.

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A family that brushes together, avoids stinky tooth decay together

What’s in Colgate Total Original Toothpaste?

The package accommodates a range of ingredients that will work jointly to improve your oral hygiene. They are as outlined below.

  • Aqua
  • Arginine
  • Aroma
  • Benzyl Alcohol
  • Cellulose Gum
  • Cocamidopropyl Betaine
  • Cl 77891
  • Glycerin
  • Hydrated Silica
  • Poloxamer 407
  • Phosphoric Acid
  • Sucralose
  • Sodium Fluoride
  • Sodium Lauryl Sulfate
  • Sodium Saccharin
  • Tetrasodium Pyrophosphate
  • Xanthan Gum
  • Zinc Oxide
  • Zinc Citrate

What Can Colgate Total Do for Your Teeth?

Highlighted below are the uses of Colgate Total Original.

Elevating Sensitivity

Whether temporary or chronic, tooth sensitivity is bothersome. With sensitivity, activities like brushing and eating hot, cold, or acidic foods and beverages spark pain and discomfort. A chipped or worn-out tooth can also experience sensitivity.

The fluoride content in Colgate Total will help to reduce sensitivity by strengthening the enamel of your teeth. Fluoride strengthens your teeth’ enamel by remineralizing the worn-out parts of your teeth.

To prevent sensitive teeth from recurring while using Colgate Total, brush your teeth twice daily and while using a soft-bristled toothbrush. Remember to use gentle strokes.

Preventing Cavities

Also known as tooth decay, cavities are damaged areas on your enamel that develop into holes. Unaddressed cavities can result in toothaches, tooth infections, and tooth loss.

The fluoride component in Colgate Total Original will help prevent cavities by hardening your enamel’s hydroxyapatite to form fluorapatite. Fluorapatite is more resistant to decay compared to your enamel.

Combat tooth decay using Colgate Total by brushing twice daily ( once before you go to bed).  

Removing Plaque

Plaque forms on your enamel and gums when bacteria in your mouth mix with proteins and food substances. Unaddressed plaque is a common culprit for tooth decay and cavities.

Since plaque keeps forming on your tooth enamel continuously, it is your job to get rid of it regularly.

Prevent plaque formation using Colgate Total Original by brushing twice a day in short, gentle strokes with a toothbrush you are comfortable with.

Preventing Tartar

Food byproducts and bacteria in your mouth mix to form a sticky film (plaque) on your teeth and gum line. If you fail to practice proper dental hygiene, the plaque hardens into tartar.

Tartar buildup will result in gum disease and will have you experiencing bleeding gums, swollen gums, and tender gums.

Colgate Total contains ingredients that fight the different types of bacteria in your mouth that combine with food. In turn, this will decrease your chances of getting plaques and tartars.

To prevent tartar buildup using Colgate Total, brush your teeth twice daily ( once before you go to bed).

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Muscle, jaw, and teeth issues can be linked to bad headaches.

Preventing Dental Calculus

Dental calculus is a hard mass of bacteria that becomes stuck on your tooth surface over time. Poor oral health causes dental calculus. Mineralization time for dental calculus is about ten days. This period varies from person to person depending on one’s saliva PH and the amount of calcium in saliva

Once dental calculus forms, it attracts more plaque which means more trouble for you. Besides being unsightly, dental calculus may cause bad breath and accelerate tooth decay.

Colgate Total contains various ingredients, including fluoride, that work jointly to curb the actions of different bacteria in your mouth. It will work to fight plaque so that you don’t have to deal with dental calculus. When you stop plaque, you stop dental calculus.

To prevent the formation of dental calculus using Colgate Total, brush twice daily for two minutes at a time. Remember to brush at an angle, and don’t forget to brush your gums.

Preventing Enamel Damage and Staining

Fluoride is an active ingredient in Colgate Total Whole Mouth Health Original Toothpaste. It plays a huge role in preventing enamel damage in the ways outlined below.

  • It strengthens developing enamel.
  • It slows down enamel corroding acid production by the various bacteria in the mouth and those that arise from plaques.
  •  It protects the teeth against demineralization. A process that happens when bacteria combine with sugar to create acid that erodes the tooth enamel.
  • It promotes remineralization (a process that repairs the enamel). Remineralization relies on phosphate and calcium ions but with the help of fluoride.

In order to alleviate enamel damage by using Colgate Total, brush twice daily using a pea-size amount of toothpaste. Using too much toothpaste may lead to dental fluorosis, a condition where the enamel changes appearance.

plaque and stain on dirty teeth
If you don’t brush enough, you can end up with plaque and stain on the teeth.

Preventing Gum Problems

Poor oral hygiene will lead to eventual gum problems like periodontitis through plaques, tartars, and dental calculus.

As a result of this, you may experience bad breath, tender and bleeding gums, loose teeth, and receding gums.

Colgate Total contains Triclosan which is known for fighting gum disease. Moreover, the fluoride component in Colgate Total will help you prevent gum problems by combating plaques.


Colgate Total Original Whole Mouth Health is the ultimate choice of fluoride toothpaste for many. It plays an incredible role in preserving your oral health.

Its advanced formula with zinc and arginine is all you need to keep your dental hygiene at its best.

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