I am doing this review because I ran out recently, and had to use my "spare" tube. This happened to be in the form of a small sample -size tube, containing just 19ml of Colgate Total Sensitive. The normal size I buy is the standard 100ml tube. I had not used Colgate for quite a while, and this reminded me how much I used to like it. I now intend buying some at my earliest opportunity.
I do remember buying this small tube, I found a basket of them at my local discount store, for 20 pence each, and I bought five (costing One Pound Sterling), for night-out bags and emergencies. The toothpaste came in the traditional plastic tube, with a flip-top cap, which can be unscrewed for getting the last bit out. The paste comes out of the tube easily enough, and is smooth. This product is marketed at people with sensitive teeth, like me, even though I do tend to use ordinary toothpaste for long periods.
The toothpaste is white, and contains fluoride, it is the traditional spearmint taste, which is probably totally man-made, but is nice enough to use first thing in the morning. The company has its own website, Colgate toothpaste is marketed well, and is advertised as giving twelve hour protection, which is quite a claim for any company. Colgate Total is the number one toothpaste voted by British dentists. The ingredients of this toothpaste are:- Sodium, Monofluoro Phosphate, Calcium Carbonate, Silica, Triclosan, plus mint extract for flavour and base.
Colgate is a British company, based in Guildford in Surrey, and is part of the Colgate - Palmolive group of companies. The firm was started by a William Colgate in the early 19th century, and they originally made soap and candles. They have gone from strength to strength. I am sure the company has a long and prosperous future to look forward to.
Before commercially available toothpaste was introduced, people used various substances, including salt, baking powder, and even soot! The abrasive nature of toothpaste cleans teeth, but the mechanical action of the toothbrush does most of the cleaning. Additives like fluoride prevent tooth and gum disease. Fluorides also are included to reduce cavities, and the content is between one thousand and eleven hundred PPM (parts per million!) Fluoride can be toxic if swallowed in large amounts, although in normal use, it is quite harmless. Toothpaste was used by the ancient Greeks and Romans, who even introduced additives such as crushed bones, and oyster shells!
I will not bother listing the ingredients, you can read that for yourselves, or check out the Colgate website. I just want to recommend this to all.