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Jaw exercises

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Why do I need these exercises?

You may have reduced movement in your jaw. This can cause difficulties with chewing and speaking. These exercises can help your jaw movement. Using a mirror can be helpful.

How do I carry out the exercises?

Repeat each exercise ____________ times

Mouth open
Open your mouth wide. Hold for five seconds.
Jaw left
Move your jaw to the left. Hold for five seconds.
Jaw right
Move your jaw to the right. Hold for five seconds.
circular motion
Move your jaw around in a big circular motion as if you are chewing a sweet.
Slide your bottom teeth in front of your top teeth. Hold for five seconds.
Mouth open and closed
Place a hand under your chin to create some resistance. Open your mouth as wide as you can, pushing down on the hand. Hold for five seconds.
Teeth together
Press your teeth tightly together. Hold for five seconds

When should I do these exercises?

It is best to practice these exercises on a regular basis for short periods of time.

Please practice these exercises ____________ times a day.

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Smoking is not allowed anywhere on the hospital campus. For advice and support in quitting, contact your GP or the free NHS stop smoking helpline on 0800 169 0 169.

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