Teenagers & Adult Aftercare
After a tongue and lip tie frenectomy in adults, the aftercare process is similar to that of children and adolescents, but with some adjustments. Here are some general guidelines to follow:
- Pain management: You may experience some discomfort or soreness after the procedure- we recommend over-the-counter pain relievers, such as acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin). Follow the recommended dosage instructions.
- Oral hygiene: Maintaining good oral hygiene is essential to prevent infection. Gently rinse your mouth with warm saltwater several times a day, especially after meals, to keep the area clean. Be cautious while brushing your teeth, avoiding the surgical sites for the first few days. Afterward, you can resume regular brushing, but be gentle around the healing area.
- Diet modifications: Soft foods are generally recommended in the initial days after the procedure to avoid irritating the surgical site. Opt for cool, soft foods that are easy to chew and swallow, such as yogurt, smoothies, mashed potatoes, soup, and scrambled eggs. Gradually reintroduce solid foods as tolerated.
- Exercises: Working with a myofunctional therapist is recommended. They will teach specific exercises to improve tongue mobility and prevent reattachment. These exercises may involve tongue stretches, lateral movements, or exercises to increase lip mobility. Follow their instructions and perform the exercises regularly as advised.
- Follow-up appointments with Peninsula Tongue Tie to monitor the healing progress will be needed. We will assess the wound, provide further guidance, and address any concerns you may have.
- Watch for complications: Although complications are rare, it's important to be vigilant. Watch for excessive bleeding, persistent pain, signs of infection (redness, swelling, pus), or worsening difficulties in speech, eating, or swallowing. Contact Peninsula Tongue Tie immediately if you experience any concerning symptoms.