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The Denture Challenge – Learn to Eat and Speak

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An important part of living well with dentures is learning how to eat and speak normally while wearing them. Once you’re accustomed to their feel and fit, you’ll enjoy all the benefits of affordable quality dentures such as speaking with increased confidence and eating the foods you love and may have previously avoided because of your missing teeth. If you just started wearing dentures, try to be patient. It takes a little time and practice, but soon your dentures will be helping you live a fuller life. Until then, the following tips may help. 



Practical Tips for Talking with Dentures


If pronouncing words with confidence is a challenge when you start wearing dentures, don’t worry; you’re not alone. It’s not unusual to have some minor speaking difficulties when you first start out. Many people have problems with words that start with the letters S and F. One way to gain confidence is to speak aloud when you’re alone. Try reading a newspaper article in front of a mirror. Another helpful trick is biting down and swallowing right before you start talking; this will set your dentures in place.

The Challenge of Eating with Dentures


At first, choosing soft and easy-to-chew foods like cheese, eggs, cooked vegetables, pudding, ice cream, and hot cereal can help you learn to eat normally. Take small bites and chew your food slowly. When possible, avoid biting down with your front teeth. Stay away from chewy foods like caramel, and don’t bite into hard candy or ice. Eating with dentures will feel different at first, but the process should become more comfortable in a few weeks. After three months, start adding more types of foods to your diet, including those that are harder to chew. In time, both talking and eating with dentures will seem perfectly natural to you.

To get the dental care you deserve from an affordable dentist in Detroit, call Gentle Dental at Grand River Avenue today at (313) 651-7260 or make an appointment.

Gentle Dental offers affordable family dentistry and gentle, compassionate dental care in Detroit. With 8 affiliated practices throughout Michigan, our offices are conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At Gentle Dental at Grand River Avenue, we provide most dental services, from basic preventative care and general dentistry to specialized procedures and complete dental reconstruction. We accept most dental insurance plans and offer affordable financial solutions for any budget. Patient satisfaction is our top priority and we strive to provide the exceptional, affordable dental care and personal touch that lead to lasting relationships. A smiling patient is our greatest reward and we look forward to keeping those smiles healthy, beautiful, and bright. Discover an affordable dentist who truly cares at Gentle Dental at Grand River Avenue.

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