Living With Dentures Speech

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Living with Dentures: What You Need to Know If you lived before the 1940s, then you know that the people of today are a lot luckier when it comes to oral health. Unlike that generation, today’s people have better oral hygiene and care, thanks to the advancements in dentistry. But even with flossing, fluoride and dental implants, there is still quite a number of people who resort to having dentures due to loss of teeth as a result of tooth decay and periodontitis (more commonly known as gum disease). According to American Academy of Periodontology, nearly a fourth of people aged 65 and older have lost all their teeth and require full dentures to replace the teeth they have lost. Managing Your New Dentures You have just been to the dentist,…show more content…
Here are some tips that can make eating easy for you: 1. Start soft. During the first few days, limit yourself to water and soft food: soups, yogurt, smoothies, scrambled eggs and similar kinds of food. Do not try raw vegetables and big chunks of meat just yet, as these could be difficult to chew, and say no to sticky food, as they could dislodge your new teeth. 2. Do not bite with your front teeth. Use your canines and the teeth behind them, instead. Chew slowly with both sides of the mouth to stabilize your dentures. Bear in mind that your dentures are not as efficient as natural teeth, so do not get frustrated when you could not chew properly, especially during the first week. 3. Avoid crackers, popcorn, seeds and nuts. They can get trapped between your gums and your dentures, causing great pain. Plus, eating nuts requires chewing on just one side, which might cause your dentures to come loose. 4. Curb your coffee and tea intake. Huge amounts of caffeine can cause a dry mouth, which is something you do not want to experience when you have dentures. As a denture wearer, you must keep your mouth moist because dryness of the mouth can cause your dentures to rub against the gums. Switch to decaf and drink lots of water to keep your mouth…show more content…
You will encounter difficulty speaking, so practice as much as possible. If there is no one to talk to, you can talk to your pets or your houseplants, or read aloud to yourself. You can also practice counting aloud from numbers 65 to 70, as these sounds are the most difficult to pronounce with dentures on. It is easy to get frustrated, yes, but remember that your cheeks, your tongue and the muscles in your mouth need to get used to working with your dentures, something that is foreign to them. Other Changes Here are some other changes that you can expect: 1. More saliva in your mouth. Though normal, excess saliva can be bothersome. Try swallowing more often and sucking on mint or hard candy (sugar-free, if possible). 2. Loose dentures. Laughing, sneezing, yawning and coughing can loosen dentures, but that does not mean they do not fit. Put them back in place by biting down and swallowing. Your mouth will eventually get accustomed to your dentures and keep them in place. However, if they are still loose after around four weeks, go back to your

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