Which tooth care equipment to use
Patient Information Center > Other Care, Maintenance, and Instructions

How to use custom fluoride trays

  1. At bedtime, remove partial or full dentures from the mouth if any.
    • Floss and brush teeth thoroughly for 2 minutes with soft toothbrush using ClinPro toothpaste.
      Note: It is very important to floss first and remove all food and plaque from between teeth before using fluoride. Food and plaque can prevent the fluoride from reaching the surface of the tooth.
  2. Place a thin ribbon of the ClinPro into each upper and lower fluoride trays so that each tooth space has some fluoride. The fluoride can be spread into a thin film that coats the inside of the trays, by using a cotton-tipped applicator, finger or toothbrush.
  3. Seat the trays on the upper and lower teeth and let them remain in place for 5 minutes. Only a small amount of fluoride should come out of the base of the trays when they are placed, otherwise, there may be too much fluoride in the trays.
  4. After 5 minutes, remove the trays and thoroughly expectorate (spit out) the residual fluoride. Very Important – do not rinse mouth, drink or eat for at least 30 minutes after fluoride use.
  5. For head and neck radiation patients, begin using fluoride in the custom trays no longer than one week after radiotherapy is completed. Repeat daily for the rest of your life! Remember that tooth decay can occur in a matter of weeks if the fluoride is not used properly.

Care for Fluoride Carriers (Trays)

  1. Rinse and dry the trays thoroughly after each use. Clean them by brushing them with a toothbrush and toothpaste.
  2. Occasionally, the trays can be cleaned with aligner cleaners (not denture cleaners).
  3. If the trays become covered with hard water deposits, soak them in white vinegar overnight and brush them the next morning.
  4. Do not boil the trays or leave them in a hot car as they may warp or melt.