Wearing dentures or partials can take some getting used to, especially when it comes to eating and speaking. However, wearing dentures or partials can become second nature with proper care and practice.
Here are some tips for eating and speaking with your new denture and partial:
Eating with Your Denture or Partial
- Start with soft foods: When you first start wearing dentures or partials, it’s best to stick to soft foods that are easy to chew and swallow. Gradually work up to more challenging foods as you become more comfortable with your new appliance.
- Cut your food into small pieces: It’s easier to chew and swallow smaller pieces when wearing dentures or partials.
- Chew your food evenly: Chew your food evenly on both sides of your mouth to prevent your denture or partial from becoming loose.
- Avoid overly sticky or hard foods: Foods that are very sticky or hard can be difficult to chew and even damage your appliance. Avoid foods like gum, caramel, and popcorn.
- Take small bites and chew slowly: It can help prevent choking and make it easier to eat with your new appliance.
Speaking with Your Denture or Partial:
- Practice makes perfect: Speaking with dentures or partials may take some training. Read aloud or speak with a friend to get used to speaking with your new appliance.
- Speak slowly and clearly: Speaking slowly and clearly can help prevent slurring or mumbling while speaking with your new appliance.
- Practice certain sounds and words: Certain sounds and words may be more challenging with dentures or partials, such as “s” and “th”. Practicing these sounds can help improve your speech.
- Use plenty of salivae: Keeping your mouth moist with saliva can help prevent slipping or sticking of your new appliance while speaking.
Wearing dentures or partials may pose some challenges when it comes to eating and speaking, but with practice and patience, you can adapt to your new appliance. By starting with soft foods, chewing slowly, and practicing your speech, you can enjoy normal eating and speaking habits with your new denture or partial. Remember to keep up with regular dental checkups to ensure your appliance fits appropriately and is in good condition.