COLGATE TOTAL PRO GUM HEALTH TARTAR CONTROL TOOTHPASTE
Active substance(s): SODIUM FLUORIDE / TRICLOSAN
NAME OF THE MEDICINAL PRODUCT
Colgate TOTAL Pro Gum Health Tartar Control Toothpaste
QUALITATIVE AND QUANTITATIVE COMPOSITION
The active ingredients of Colgate TOTAL Pro Gum Health Tartar Control Toothpaste
0.32% w/w 1450 ppm F
For a full list of excipients, see Section 6.1.
A white toothpaste with odour and flavour of mint
To reduce dental caries.
To improve gingival health by:1. Significantly reducing the formation of plaque and calculus.
2. Significantly reducing existing levels of gingival bleeding and inflammation.
To reduce the progression of periodontitis.
Posology and method of administration
For dental use.
The usual dosage is to apply a ribbon of toothpaste across the head of the toothbrush
(approximately 1.0g) and to brush the teeth for one minute twice daily.
Children under 7, use a pea-sized amount for supervised brushing to minimise
swallowing. If using fluoride supplements, consult your Dentist.
Individuals with known sensitivities should consult with their dentist before using.
Special warnings and precautions for use
Children under 7, use a pea-sized amount for supervised brushing. If using
fluoride supplements, consult your Dentist.
May cause skin irritation
Interaction with other medicinal products and other forms of interaction
None known. It is important to note that as for any fluoride containing toothpaste in
children under systemic fluoride therapy, it is important to evaluate the total exposure
to fluoride (fluorosis).
Fertility, pregnancy and lactation
Use of this product is not contraindicated during pregnancy or lactation.
Effects on ability to drive and use machines
Reporting of suspected adverse reactions
Reporting suspected adverse reactions after authorisation of the medicinal product is
important. It allows continued monitoring of the benefit/risk balance of the medicinal
product. Healthcare professionals are asked to report any suspected adverse reactions
via the Yellow Card Scheme at:
Not applicable. Use of this type of product would not be expected to result in an
No acute effects would be expected from the low level of Triclosan (489 mg in a 125
ml tube). Even in the extreme case of prolonged exposure, serious adverse effects
would not be expected from Triclosan.
ATC code: A01AA01
Triclosan: Triclosan is a broad-spectrum non-ionic antibacterial with activity against
both aerobic and anaerobic gram-positive and gram-negative microbes. It is widely
employed as a disinfectant and as an anti-bacterial in external use OTC products. In
Colgate TOTAL Pro Gum Health Tartar Control Toothpaste it is combined with a
copolymer which enhances the delivery of Triclosan to the site of action.
Clinical studies indicate that a single brushing with the triclosan/copolymer dentifrice
significantly reduces dental plaque viability (the ratio of live to dead bacteria in
dental plaque) compared to a control dentifrice without the anti-bacterial system. A
significant difference is maintained for at least 12 hours after brushing. The results
also indicate that the concentrations of triclosan in dental plaque for at least 12 hours
after brushing are at levels known to have anti-bacterial effects in vitro.
Sodium Fluoride: Sodium fluoride applied topically after tooth eruption reduces
caries by inhibiting demineralisation and promoting remineralisation of the tooth
surface and by inhibiting the cariogenic microbial process.
In vitro and in vivo data show that Colgate TOTAL Pro Gum Health Tartar Control
removes and prevents stains on teeth. The clinical effects and the whitening effect of
Colgate TOTAL Pro Gum Health Tartar Control were shown in randomised,
controlled, double blind clinical studies. Colgate Total Pro Gum Health Tartar
Control reduced area of stain and stain intensity by a significant amount when
compared to Control Toothpastes. Furthermore Colgate Total Pro Gum Health Tartar
Control was shown in a clinical study to significantly reduce stain formation. Thus
the product removes stains and, with continued regular use, prevents staining from
Triclosan: When administered in a dentifrice by toothbrushing, salivary and plaque
triclosan levels range between 1-6 ppm and 25 ppm respectively at 1-2 hours after
using a 0.3% dentifrice. Following usage of a dentifrice containing up to 0.6%
triclosan, mean blood levels range between 15 to 25 ppb.
Blood levels of triclosan in subjects brushing with a dentifrice are about 14 per cent
of those in subjects who directly ingested an aqueous solution in an equivalent dose
Sodium Fluoride: After oral administration, fluoride absorption is rapid and
extensive with (90 - 100%) peak fluoride plasma levels reached within 30 to 60
minutes after ingestion. Fluoride is widely distributed through the body and
concentrates in the bone and teeth. About 50% of fluoride absorbed is stored.
Excretion is primarily through the kidneys with less than 10% being excreted in the
faeces and less than 1% in sweat and saliva.
Preclinical safety data
Triclosan: In subchronic oral ingestion studies with rats, dentifrices containing
triclosan were administered for 13 weeks at levels that are conservatively up to 100
times expected human use levels. Animals received daily doses of up to 12 mg/kg of
triclosan and showed no indications of treatment related effects. This dose would be
equivalent to 600 mg of triclosan in 50 kg human. Ingestion of 125 ml of a toothpaste
(approximately one tube) containing 0.3% triclosan would give an intake of
approximately 489 mg and would not be expected to produce untoward effects.
Sodium Fluoride: The total amount of sodium fluoride in a 125 ml tube of Colgate
TOTAL Pro Gum Health Tartar Control Toothpaste is 516 mg. This is within the
acceptable limits for the amount to be dispensed at one time for safety purposes.
Prolonged daily ingestion of excessive fluoride may result in varying degrees of
List of excipients
Silica, Dental Type
Sorbitol, Liquid (70%) Non-Crystallising
Poly (Methyl Vinyl Ether) Maleic Acid
Sodium Hydroxide (25% Solution)
Peppermint flavour K91-6500 (contains Propylene Glycol)
Titanium Dioxide (E171)
Special precautions for storage
Do not store above 25ºC
Nature and contents of container
Colgate TOTAL Pro Gum Health Tartar Control Toothpaste is packaged in 19, 50,
75, 100, 125, and 150 ml lay down foil laminate tubes and 100, 125 and 150 ml
stand-up-tubes consisting of three elements: a) conical shoulder with threaded neck
manufactured from high density polyethylene, b) barrier material of polybutyl
teraphthalate (PBT) or polyester teraphthalate (PET) below and inside the conical
shoulder, c) cylindrical laminated tube body.
The lay down tube body is manufactured from 5-ply laminated webstock comprising
from outside to inside:
The stand-up-tube body is manufactured from polyethylene laminate comprising:
Medium density polyethylene
Ethylvinyl alcohol barrier
Medium density polyethylene.
The caps are manufactured from polypropylene and are either screw or snap-on.
Not all pack sizes may be marketed.
Special precautions for disposal
No special requirements.
MARKETING AUTHORISATION HOLDER
Colgate-Palmolive (U.K.) Ltd
Guildford Business Park
Surrey GU2 8JZ
MARKETING AUTHORISATION NUMBER(S)
DATE OF FIRST AUTHORISATION/RENEWAL OF THE
DATE OF REVISION OF THE TEXT
Source: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency
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