The mouth-body connection

Did you know that a healthier mouth may be important to the health of your body? Left unchecked, gingivitis can lead to serious gum disease, which emerging research is associating with stroke, heart disease and diabetes.

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Our mouths are a breeding ground for bacteria, which cause most common dental problems. Most toothpastes remove this bacteria as you brush, but the moment you stop brushing, the bacteria begins to build up, leaving your mouth at risk. Colgate Total has a clinically proven formula that is activated as you brush. This creates a protective shield around teeth and gums, for 12 hours of antibacterial protection that lasts even after eating and drinking.

Learn a little more about common concerns that Colgate TotalĀ® can help with.


Bleeding gums is the first stage of gum disease which, left untreated, may develop into periodontitis.


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


Simply – 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 our water and toothpaste.

Tartar build-up

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

Weak enamel

Enamel is the outer layer of the tooth. It surrounds and protects the main portion of the tooth. Weak enamel is caused by a build-up of plaque bacteria which quickly erodes tooth enamel, resulting in teeth that are visibly less white, weaker and sensitive.

Tender gums

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

Bad breath

Bad breath is also known as halitosis. One culprit of bad breath is the millions of bacteria that live in the mouth. The mouth’s warm, moist conditions make it an ideal environment for these bacteria to grow.

Whitening & stains

Tobacco, red wine and certain foods can all stain teeth.

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