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Lingual Frenectomy Pre-op Exercises

Exercises before and after a frenectomy are very important to a successful outcome. Exercises help thin out the frenulum, increase range of motion, push back nerves, and blood vessels. The upshot of exercises is that hopefully more can be cut at a time, and the chance of amazing outcome increases.

Remember, for optimal results, you must do these pre-op exercises at the recommended frequency, follow recommendations immediately after procedure, and adhere to the post-op exercises, to follow.

TONGUE AROUND THE WORLD

Move the tongue in a circle along the teeth. Keep the lips closed. Don’t move the jaw. Begin with smaller circles around, build up to larger circles as tongue gets stronger. 5x in each direction (building up to 1Ox each direction), 2:x/day.

LIP LICKERS

Lick the lips in a full circle, as if you are trying to lick off something sticky. 1Ox in each direction, 2:x/day.

TONGUE CLICKS

Suction the tongue to the roof of the mouth, smile, and click the tongue down. Try not to move the jaw. 30 loud ones, 2x/day.

PEANUT BUTTER SCRAPES

Open the mouth wide. Place the tip of the tongue behind the top front teeth. Scrape backwards as far as possible, toward the throat. 1Ox, 2x/day.

TONGUE DRAGS

Same as the Peanut Butter Scrapes, but this time with the tongue suctioned to the roof of the mouth. 1Ox, 2:x/day.

FRENUM MASSAGE

Suction the tongue to the roof of the mouth. Open as wide as possible. Then with 2 fingers, rub the frenum on both sides, from bottom to top. Try to rub as far back as possible. After 10 of these, massage 10 times on each side with one finger. 10 in the middle, & 10 on each side, 2x/day.

TONGUE PUSH UPS

Hold the lower jaw in place with one hand. Do not let it come forward. Open the mouth & extend the tongue out to a tongue depressor (or back of a spoon). Push as hard as possible. Hold for 3-1O seconds. 15x Hold each 3-10 seconds, 2x/day.