Dental Tips Blog

Aug
22

What’s That Clicking Sound in Your Denture?

Posted in Dentures

Most of today’s dentures are primarily made from acrylic resin. This is basically a high grade plastic, but it can make noise when it impacts another prosthesis. It can be hard to ignore the sound if your dentures are clicking into each other at inopportune times!

What’s causing that to happen?

The Clicking Habit

Some denture wearers actually develop the unconscious habit of playing with their dentures with their tongue. This causes a clicking sound that perhaps the denture wearer isn’t aware of.

But if you notice and are annoyed by a clicking sound, then you probably aren’t flipping your denture around with your tongue!

Time for an Adjustment

Dentures usually crash together out of your control for one of two reasons:

  • They don’t have a snug fit on your gums
  • The dentures are vertically too short or too tall so that they close together earlier or later than your jaw naturally intends

In either case, the best solution is to have your denture checked by a dentist and see what tweaks can be made for a more secure fit.

How to Stop Your Dentures from Clicking

If you’re still getting used to wearing dentures, it may take some practice for you to speak with confidence. Take your time learning a new speech pattern. Talk a little slower and more deliberately than usual. You may find the clicking lessens this way.

You may have had your denture for a couple years and are just now noticing the clicking sound. A denture adhesive will buy you a measure of security until you can see a dentist for an adjustment.

At your next dental checkup, ask your dentist for more tips on stopping the click.

Posted on behalf of:
Muccioli Dental
6300 Hospital Pkwy # 275
Johns Creek, GA 30097
(678) 389-9955

Aug
21

How to Improve Your Speech with Dentures

Posted in Dentures

If you just got your first denture, then you may be worried that your speech never sound normal. But it can; getting used to new dentures just takes time.

While dentures are a major life adjustment, the good news is that you can successfully relearn how to speak with confidence!

The following tips will help.

Massage Your Gums

A tense jaw will only make the situation worse. Loosen tense muscles every morning by massaging your jaws and cheeks and chin. This boosts circulation and helps oral structures to relax. The more relaxed your mouth is, the easier it will be to speak while wearing a denture.

Speak Slowly

There’s no rush! When you take time to formulate your thoughts before speaking and then deliberately express them, you’re less likely to fumble over your denture.

Practice Makes Perfect

Practicing out loud when you’re alone is a great way to get more comfortable with tricky words. Practice words with lots of consonants like D, F, T, and V. If you’re worried about what to say to others, go ahead and rehearse at home in advance. Eventually, your tongue will relearn how to form words around your denture.

The Bite-and-Swallow Trick

One of the simplest things you can do is the bite-and-swallow trick. Bite your denture together and swallow. This helps your denture get a firm grip on your gums. Do this before you start to speak. It will ensure that you don’t trip over your denture as you begin to say something!

Your first denture may cause slurred speech and excess saliva for a little while. But with the help of your dentist, you’ll master talking with a denture in no time!

Posted on behalf of :
Prime Dental Care
417 Wall St
Princeton, NJ 08540
(609) 651-8618

Sep
20

4 Tips for Chewing with Dentures

Posted in Dentures

It can take a little time to get used to the feel and function of your new set of teeth. You need lots of patience and persistence. If this is your very first denture, then trying out these tips can help you get a handle on the new technique.

  1. Start Out Small!

Soft foods such as:

  • Eggs
  • Puddings
  • Cooked vegetables

…will be your friends as you get started. The phrase “don’t bite off more than you can chew” really does apply to your new denture! With time, you can start introducing tougher foods.

  1. Cut Food into Smaller Pieces

You might not have to give up tortillas or steak for good, after all. Just make it a practice to cut your food into even smaller pieces than usual before you attempt chewing them. This will spare you some awkwardly lengthy chewing sessions!

  1. Chew on Both Sides

You might have favored chewing on one side over the other for your entire life. But chewing on only one side could make your denture slip. Chewing evenly over both sides of your mouth will let you make use of the full strength of the denture.

  1. Use a Denture Adhesive

When you’re first learning to use a denture, an adhesive can give you the confidence to trust your denture. With time, you shouldn’t be so dependent upon it.

As you learn, give yourself some room to make mistakes and laugh at yourself. Practicing in the comfort of your home can help you build the confidence you need to use your denture in public.

Be patient with yourself! Discover more personalized tips and strategies by contacting your dentist.

Posted on behalf of:
Enamel Dentistry
2717 S Lamar Blvd #1086
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 717-5315

 

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