The 12 hour germ fighting protection in Colgate Total* helps prevent many common oral health conditions.

Choose a condition below to learn more.


Gingivitis is the first stage of gum disease which, left untreated, may develop into periodontitis. Colgate Total 12 reduces gingivitis by up to 88%. To learn more about gingivitis, click here


Tobacco, smoking and certain foods can stain teeth. Colgate Total 12 gently removes stains and whitens teeth.


Plaque is a sticky, colorless film of germs that constantly forms on our teeth. It is the main cause of cavities and gingivitis and can harden into tartar if not removed daily.

Colgate Total 12 contains a unique formula which fights germs. Its unique formula attaches to your teeth to help reduce plaque by up to 98%.

Cavities – Tooth & Root

Cavities are tooth decay. Tooth decay is heavily influenced by what we eat, how well we take care of our teeth and the presence of fluoride in toothpaste.

Colgate Total 12 provides outstanding protection against cavity formation and tooth decay.


Tartar, sometimes called calculus, is plaque that has hardened on your teeth. Tartar can also form at the gumline.

Colgate Total 12 helps prevent plaque from forming into hard to remove tartar build-up.

Weak Enamel

Enamel is the outer layer of the tooth. It envelops and protects the main portion of the tooth. Weak enamel is caused by a build-up of plaque which quickly deteriorates tooth enamel.

Fluoride in Colgate Total 12 strengthens weak enamel.

Gum Inflammation & Bleeding

Gum inflammation is one of the first signs of gingivitis and if left untreated may lead to periodontitis**.

Colgate Total 12 removes sticky plaque that cause the red, tender and swollen gums that characterize gingivitis.

Bad Breath

Bad breath or malodor is breath containing an unpleasant odor. One culprit of bad breath is the millions of germs that live in the mouth. The mouth's warm, moist conditions make it an ideal environment for these germs to grow.

Colgate Total 12 helps fight germs that live in the mouth and cause bad breath.

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