Dr. Gena Schultheis and associates will provide you with instructions following your tongue tie release procedure to help you heal and recover quickly. We encourage you to follow these instructions closely, and contact Calvert Smiles at 410-257-7200 if you have any questions. Our team will be happy to provide you with additional information and help you schedule a follow-up appointment with our dentists in Dunkirk, Maryland.
The following exercise routine should be done five times per day for three weeks following your procedure, beginning the evening following your surgery. The fourth week after your surgery, taper the exercises down each day before stopping them completely at the end of the fourth week. For example, by the end of that week, you should be performing just one exercise each day.
Before doing these exercises, wash your hands or have your child wash their hands, and dip them in coconut oil, vitamin E oil or sesame oil.
The Upper Lip
- Place your finger under the lip and move it as high as it will go.
- Sweep from side to side for one to two seconds.
Remember, the goal of this procedure is to insert your finger between the raw, opposing surfaces of the lip and gum so they cannot re-adhere.
- Coming from behind, insert both index fingers into the mouth.
- Use both index fingers to dive under the tongue.
- Place your finger at the base of the fold and pull straight back.
The tongue needs three separate stretching motions:
- Exercise 1: Pick the tongue up as high as it will go towards the roof of the mouth. Hold it there for one to two seconds and release. This exercise aims to unfold the diamond so that it is almost flat in orientation. Make sure your fingers are placed deep before lifting up.
- Exercise 2: Hold your tongue up with one finger and place the other finger in the middle of the diamond of the wound. Turn your finger sideways, lift and swipe.
- Exercise 3: Massage outside of the diamond on either side with more pressure than when on the wound (exercises 1 and 2 require light pressure). This will loosen the musculature in the floor of the mouth.
We have found that the best time to perform post-op exercises on your child is immediately before or after a diaper change in younger children or in between meals if your child is older. We suggest that you refrain from doing these exercises immediately before or after a meal or feeding.
Contact our office if you have any questions.