Speaking and Eating with Dentures

Speaking may seem strange or even difficult at first. This is because your tongue has to learn where the teeth are and you may have excess saliva in your mouth. This is a normal sensation. The mouth has to get used to having the dentures in place. It is a good idea to read aloud, sing, or just do a lot of talking. In just a short amount of time your tongue will adjust and the excess saliva will decrease and your speaking will return to normal. Don't ever be embarrassed about speaking.

It is important to start slowly when you start eating with your new dentures. Eating may be difficult at first. In fact, it is the most difficult part in mastering new dentures. You must not be discouraged if you experience a few failures. Natural teeth are firmly fixed in bone, while artificial dentures only rest on the bone.

When chewing on one side you may notice a tendency for the dentures to tip and loosen on the opposite side. Chew food on both sides with the teeth. This will help prevent tipping of your dentures. Provided that you are patient and spend the necessary time practicing, you will learn to control the dentures automatically by using the muscles in your mouth.

You should start off by eating food that does not need hard chewing. Take smaller mouthfuls and chew slowly and evenly. At first, do not bite off food with your front teeth; you will learn to do that later. In time, you will enjoy eating again. You may not be able to eat some of the foods you ate with your natural teeth but there will enjoy many foods.