Teeth trays

Roar
Roar Member Posts: 269 Member

Happy new year all- have a question for the veterans of the room. How often do you use your trays for your teeth. I have not used them since the end of my treatment two years ago. I finally made it to the dentist last week and had a few cavities. The dentist told me the cavities came from the root up and asked if I was using the trays. I said no. He said well you should. I asked how often and he said he would do His homework but I needed to do mine. So any feedback would be appreciated. Hope all my old friends are doing well and all the new members find the strength to make it through. Keep up the good fight my fellow survivors 

thank you,

Ralph 

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  • longtermsurvivor
    longtermsurvivor Member Posts: 1,842 Member
    Hi Ralph

    I used mine for a half hour at a time, twice a day.  But that answer is a little simplified.  You should apply  the fluoride gel at a time other than when you are going to drink  or eat.  The tray is really just to help distribute the gel  over the surfaces, which probably takes five minutes or so.   So long as you aren't drinking or eating, you probably  half good gel concentration for  at least a half hour after you take the tray out.  So probably five minutes at a time on the trays is enough, or at least that's the way we figured it (my dentist did a lot of dental treatments post rads).  My second treatment of the day was generally therefore at bedtime........

    Kind of a cop-out on your dentist's part, ya know:)

     

    There are other answers that will pop up, but the math  works out something like the above,

  • Hondo
    Hondo Member Posts: 6,636 Member
    Hi Roar

    Sorry I can’t help on the tray as I can’t get my mouth to open wide enough to fit the tray in. What I do is to use an Oral-B Sonic toothbrush to get into all the areas twice a day and hope and pray I never need another tooth pulled.

     

    I love 2015

    Tim

  • donfoo
    donfoo Member Posts: 1,771 Member
    Hondo said:

    Hi Roar

    Sorry I can’t help on the tray as I can’t get my mouth to open wide enough to fit the tray in. What I do is to use an Oral-B Sonic toothbrush to get into all the areas twice a day and hope and pray I never need another tooth pulled.

     

    I love 2015

    Tim

    toothbrush

    Using a toothbrush may not be as good as the tray but I like that idea a lot as it allows you to apply it in more situations. For example, you can brush your teeth then apply some at the end of your lunch break and just not drink or eat for a bit. A lot more ackward sitting at your desk with a tray in your mouth. lol

  • Guzzle
    Guzzle Member Posts: 710
    donfoo said:

    toothbrush

    Using a toothbrush may not be as good as the tray but I like that idea a lot as it allows you to apply it in more situations. For example, you can brush your teeth then apply some at the end of your lunch break and just not drink or eat for a bit. A lot more ackward sitting at your desk with a tray in your mouth. lol

    tootpaste

    Ive been told duraphat 5000 toothpaste is enough!

  • Roar
    Roar Member Posts: 269 Member

    Hi Ralph

    I used mine for a half hour at a time, twice a day.  But that answer is a little simplified.  You should apply  the fluoride gel at a time other than when you are going to drink  or eat.  The tray is really just to help distribute the gel  over the surfaces, which probably takes five minutes or so.   So long as you aren't drinking or eating, you probably  half good gel concentration for  at least a half hour after you take the tray out.  So probably five minutes at a time on the trays is enough, or at least that's the way we figured it (my dentist did a lot of dental treatments post rads).  My second treatment of the day was generally therefore at bedtime........

    Kind of a cop-out on your dentist's part, ya know:)

     

    There are other answers that will pop up, but the math  works out something like the above,

    Thank you all

    So I guess the answer is yes everyone still uses the gel dailly even after 2 years. Thank you everyone- 

  • Hondo
    Hondo Member Posts: 6,636 Member
    donfoo said:

    toothbrush

    Using a toothbrush may not be as good as the tray but I like that idea a lot as it allows you to apply it in more situations. For example, you can brush your teeth then apply some at the end of your lunch break and just not drink or eat for a bit. A lot more ackward sitting at your desk with a tray in your mouth. lol

    Toothbrush

     

    Hi Don, I agree just wish I could get the mouth open but nothing I try works, it only makes it worse. I use to have 21mm of opening; now after doing all the treatment to get the mouth to open more I am left with only 7mm of opening. Yesterday I started having problems with the jaw locking up, oh well just another part of being alive.

    Tim

  • MarineE5
    MarineE5 Member Posts: 1,029 Member
    A good topic to discuss

    Hello Roar,

    This is a topic that I have followed for some time. Basically Longtermsurvivor hit it on the head. Here is what I have experienced over the last 10 years.

    I started with the Trays with my Cancer Dentist at the time and he instructed me to use one drop of Flouride (Perio-Check) in the tray for each tooth to be covered. Any more than that would overflow and be wasted according to him, and basically was spot on as I had flouride oozing over the trays at times. I was instructed to leave the trays in my mouth for 10 minutes, remove them and allow the flouride to remain on my teeth for a minimun of 30 minutes. After that, I was to rinse and gargle with water before eating or drinking anything.

    I had the trays for 5 years before they started to become stiff and cracking. At this same time of 5 years, my Cancer Dentist moved and I went to another Dentist. At my first meeting with the new Dentist, he asked if I was using Perio-Check Flouride and my answer was "Yes". He said he could tell as my teeth were a brownish color. He started me using PreviDent 5000 Flouride. He said I could use my Oral-B tooth brush to apply the Flouride, but the same rules applied, that I needed to keep the Flouride on my teeth for no less than 30 minutes.

    I do this either after eating breakfast, or just before taking a shower, and sometimes at beddtime. I just make it part of my daily routine at no special time. I had to have 2 Caps put in, but that was my own fault biting into some hard candy once, learned my lesson on that one. I had two small cavities over all this time. So, long story made short as my original Dentist told me, I will need to do the Flouride Treatments for the rest of my life, if I didn't want to do that, then I should have all my teeth removed. He also stated that Dentures could bring on their own problems down the road. I chose to do the Flouride.

    I hope that this is of some help.

    My Best to You and Everyone Here

  • Rick2924
    Rick2924 Member Posts: 23
    Fluoride Trays

    I'm six years out of radiation and you gotta use them everyday for at least 10 minutes with no liquids for at least 25 minutes after. I use Prevident Gel and have had no issues. You also should replace them if they become loose fitting.

  • Sailor123
    Sailor123 Member Posts: 97
    MarineE5 said:

    A good topic to discuss

    Hello Roar,

    This is a topic that I have followed for some time. Basically Longtermsurvivor hit it on the head. Here is what I have experienced over the last 10 years.

    I started with the Trays with my Cancer Dentist at the time and he instructed me to use one drop of Flouride (Perio-Check) in the tray for each tooth to be covered. Any more than that would overflow and be wasted according to him, and basically was spot on as I had flouride oozing over the trays at times. I was instructed to leave the trays in my mouth for 10 minutes, remove them and allow the flouride to remain on my teeth for a minimun of 30 minutes. After that, I was to rinse and gargle with water before eating or drinking anything.

    I had the trays for 5 years before they started to become stiff and cracking. At this same time of 5 years, my Cancer Dentist moved and I went to another Dentist. At my first meeting with the new Dentist, he asked if I was using Perio-Check Flouride and my answer was "Yes". He said he could tell as my teeth were a brownish color. He started me using PreviDent 5000 Flouride. He said I could use my Oral-B tooth brush to apply the Flouride, but the same rules applied, that I needed to keep the Flouride on my teeth for no less than 30 minutes.

    I do this either after eating breakfast, or just before taking a shower, and sometimes at beddtime. I just make it part of my daily routine at no special time. I had to have 2 Caps put in, but that was my own fault biting into some hard candy once, learned my lesson on that one. I had two small cavities over all this time. So, long story made short as my original Dentist told me, I will need to do the Flouride Treatments for the rest of my life, if I didn't want to do that, then I should have all my teeth removed. He also stated that Dentures could bring on their own problems down the road. I chose to do the Flouride.

    I hope that this is of some help.

    My Best to You and Everyone Here

    That was very informative.

    That was very informative.  Thank you.

     

  • fishmanpa
    fishmanpa Member Posts: 1,227 Member
    Maybe

    I've been going to my dentist every three months since the end of treatment. I'm 20 months out and last check up, they found a small cavity. I'm having it repaired this month. They also want to replace a metal filling from ages ago as there's a small gap that could potentially cause an issue. I've been rinsing with a flouride rinse twice a day. It's a kids bubblegum flavor and very mild. At the last appointment I was given a flouride gel to put on my teeth at bedtime as a supplement to the rinse. My dentist feels this will be sufficient along with the daily brushing, flossing etc. I mentioned trays and he said if he sees any further degradation, he'll go ahead and make them for me but up until now, what I've been doing has been quite effective. 

    As I learned from the boards, everyone is different and we do what we have to do to keep things in check and maintain the "new normal"

    Positive thoughts and prayers

    "T"