Jaw

Range of Motion Exercises

Do the exercises below to prevent problems opening your mouth after a jaw fracture, TMJ, or surgery.

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Warm up

  • Open your mouth as wide as possible for 15 seconds.

  • Then, close your mouth and rest. Repeat this 8 times.

Exercises

  • Stick your jaw forward for 15 seconds. Rest your jaw. Repeat this 8 times.

  • Move your jaw right for 15 seconds. Rest your jaw and repeat 8 times.

  • Move your jaw left for 15 seconds. Rest your jaw and repeat 8 times.

  • Put your middle finger and thumb in your mouth. Push with your thumb on your top teeth and your middle finger on your bottom teeth opening your mouth.

  • Stretch your mouth open as far as possible. Repeat 8 times.

  • Chew gum when you are not doing exercises.

  • Use moist heat packs 3 to 4 times a day on your jaw area.