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How to Strengthen Your Jaw Muscles

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author image Richard Kalinowski
Richard Kalinowski began writing professionally in 2006. He also works as a website programmer and graphic designer for several clients. Kalinowski holds a Master of Fine Arts from Goddard College and a Bachelor of Science in education from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.
How to Strengthen Your Jaw Muscles
A few minutes of daily exercise tones jaw muscles. Photo Credit Digital Vision/Digital Vision/Getty Images

Workout regimens usually focus on weight loss or building muscle mass in the limbs. However, facial muscle tone shouldn't be overlooked. Toned jaw muscles help tighten your facial skin and define the jawline. Your jaw muscles also impact your ability to eat harder foods without discomfort or strain. If you suffer from temporomandibular joint dysfunction, jaw muscle exercises may improve your condition. These exercises only take a few minutes each day, and they can be performed without any special equipment.

Step 1

Relax your shoulder blades and let your lower jaw relax. Proper posture ensures a better jaw workout.

Step 2

Relax your tongue and make the “M” sound. Keep your jaw relaxed, and make sure your teeth don't touch. Move your lower jaw up and down and side to side to warm up the muscles.

Step 3

Open your mouth as wide as possible without inducing pain and move your jaw back and forth. Repeat this action at least 10 times, then relax your jaw muscles.

Step 4

Open your mouth and move it from side to side while applying resistance with your hand. Perform at least 10 repetitions of resistance movement to promote stronger jaw muscles.

Step 5

Press on your temples with your fingers and clench your jaw. You should feel the muscles tensing underneath the skin as you press. Circle your fingers around the tensed muscle, massaging the area. This massage technique combined with jaw clenching promotes muscle tone and may relieve some TMJD symptoms.

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