Recently I met Dr Vidya, who is an Edmonton Dentist and I learnt of some really useful tongue and jaw exercises. These exercises are actually designed to enhance the range of movement in your tongue and jaw, which could help your speech and swallow function.
Protrude your tongue between lips and stick your tongue out as far as possible. Hold this steady tongue position for 5 seconds. Relax and Repeat this 5 times.
Retract your tongue and touch the back of your tongue to the roof of your mouth. Hold this for 3 seconds. Repeat 5 times.
Tongue Tip Up
Place your tongue on the alveolar ridge. Alveolar ridge is the area just behind your top teeth. If you don’t have teeth, you can move your tongue tip to the gum area where your top teeth would be. Keep your mouth open as wide as you can while also maintaining tongue contact. Hold for 5 seconds. Repeat 5 times.
Tongue Elevation Along The Palate
Move your tongue tip to the alveolar ridge, and move your tongue front to back all along the roof of your mouth. Repeat this 5 times.
Tongue Side To Side
Move your tongue tip to the left side of your mouth and hold for 5 seconds. Next move your tongue tip to the right side of your mouth and hold for 5 seconds. Repeat 5 to 8 times.
Tongue Push Forward
Stick out your tongue as far as you can and Place something flat (back of a spoon) against your tongue. Then push your tongue against the object while also pushing the object against your tongue. Hold for 3 seconds. Repeat this 3 to 5 times.
Tongue Push Up
Take a flat object like the back of a spoon and push it down on your tongue while, at the same time, pushing your tongue up against the object. Hold for 3 seconds and repeat this 3 times.
Tongue Push To The Side
Extend your tongue as far as you can to the corner of the mouth whilst pressing against the ack of a spoon and hold for 3 second. Repeat 3 times. You can repeat for both sides of the mouth.
Tongue Inside Push
Place your middle finger against your cheek about an inch to the side of the corner of the mouth. From the inside, push your tongue against your cheek right where your finger touches. Push as hard as possible and hold for 3 seconds. Repeat for both cheeks 3 times.
Open your jaw as wide as possible until you feel pressure and stretching, but no pain. Hold this position for 3-5 seconds and then close your mouth. Repeat this 3 times.
Move your jaw to the right side as far as possible until you feel the pull but don’t feel any pain. Hold this position for 3-5 seconds. Now move your jaw to the left side as far as possible until you feel the stretch but no pain. Again hold the position for 3-5 seconds Alternate this exercise on both sides 3 times.
Increasing Circular Jaw Movement
Move your jaw around in a circular fashion, making it move as far as you can in all directions until you feel a stretch but no pain. Once you have completed a full circle, stop. Repeat the circular movement 3 times.