Do you find yourself holding back in conversations because of your dentures? Do you worry about others noticing them or fear they will slip out while you’re speaking? It’s a common concern among denture wearers, but don’t let it hold you back from expressing yourself. With the right exercises and techniques, you can speak confidently with dentures and never feel self-conscious again.
If you’re struggling to speak with your dentures, there are specific exercises that can help. This guide will go over some of the 11 best exercises for improving your speech with dentures.
If you’re new to dentures, it’s important to get used to them by doing some simple exercises. One exercise you can do is a mouth stretch and relaxation.
To do this exercise, start by pursing your lips like you’re going to kiss someone. Hold this position for a few seconds, then relax your lips and allow your mouth to fall open. Repeat this a few times.
You should also try yawning while keeping your lips pursed. This will help stretch out your mouth muscles and make it easier to wear dentures.
Finally, relaxation is key when wearing dentures. If you’re feeling anxious or uncomfortable, take a few deep breaths and try to focus on something else. Once you’re relaxed, the process of wearing dentures will be much easier.
Jaw relaxation and positioning are other critical elements of learning to speak confidently with dentures. Many people who wear dentures tend to hold their jaw in an unnatural position, which can cause the dentures to slip and slide around in the mouth. This can make it difficult to enunciate words properly.
In order to relax your jaw and find the proper position for wearing dentures, try this exercise:
1. Start by placing your tongue behind your upper teeth.
2. Then, using your fingertips, push your lower jaw forward until you feel a stretch in the muscles around your mouth.
3. Hold this position for 5-10 seconds before returning to a normal position.
Repeat this exercise 10 times, 2-3 times per day. With regular practice, you should notice an improvement in the way your dentures fit and feel in your mouth, as well as an increase in your confidence when speaking.
If you have difficulty speaking with your dentures, there are some exercises you can do to help build up strength in your lips, cheeks, and tongue. These exercises will also help increase the coordination between these muscles and your denture.
1. Pucker up! Use a straw to suck up water and then hold the water in your mouth. Keep your lips tightly pursed while you count to 10, then release the water. Repeat this 10 times.
2. Cheek muscle builder: Close your teeth tightly together and suck in your cheeks until they touch your molars. Hold for 5 seconds, then release. Repeat 10 times.
3. Tongue twister: Stick out your tongue and move it side to side as far as you can go without moving your head. Do this for 30 seconds, then rest for 30 seconds and repeat 3 times.
Lip closure is essential for proper denture function and speech. The ability to make a seal between the lips and the teeth is important for many reasons, including:
– To create suction that helps keep the dentures in place
– To prevent food and liquids from escaping around the dentures
– To help produce clear speech
There are several exercises that can help improve lip closure. One exercise is to practice making an “O” shape with the mouth while saying the sound “oh.” Another is to purse the lips together tightly and then release them slowly. Repeat this several times.
If you have ever had a cold, you know how nasal your voice can sound. It is often difficult to speak confidently with a blocked nose. The next time you have a cold, try this simple exercise to help improve your nasal speech.
1. Put one finger on each nostril and close off your right nostril.
2. Inhale through your left nostril only, then exhale out of the same nostril.
3. Repeat this 10 times, then switch and do the same thing with your right nostril closed off.
4. After you have done this exercise with both nostrils, take a deep breath in through both nostrils and exhale out of both at the same time.
When you speak, the sounds you make are called speech. Each sound is produced by the movement of your articulators: your tongue, teeth, lips, and jaw. The manner in which these articulators move determines the quality of the sound produced. The study of how these sounds are made is called phonetics.
The pitch of your voice can go up or down. This is called inflection. For example, when you ask a question, your pitch usually goes up at the end of the sentence. When you make a statement, your pitch usually goes down at the end.
Your voice can also be loud or soft. This is called stress. For example, when you emphasize a word, you usually speak louder than usual. When you de-emphasize a word, you usually speak softer than usual.
It can be difficult to speak with dentures for the first time. Your speech may be slurred and you may not be able to enunciate your words as well as you could before. This is normal and will improve with practice. In the meantime, try speaking slowly and clearly. Over time, you’ll get used to your new dentures and will be able to speak normally.
1. Sit or stand in front of a mirror.
2. Make sure your dentures are clean and in good repair before you begin.
3. Open your mouth wide and say “ahhh.”
4. Look at the placement of your tongue and the seal between your lips and gums. Check to see that your tongue is not blocking the opening to your throat.
5. Relax your facial muscles and jaw. Place your tongue behind your lower teeth, without touching them.
6. Keeping your mouth open, say “eeee” for a count of eight. Try not to move your tongue or lips while you do this exercise.
7. Close your mouth and repeat the “eeee” sound, this time making sure that you touch the roof of your mouth with your tongue while keeping your lips together.
8. Say “aaaaaah” for a count of eight, placing emphasis on the vowel sound by lengthening it out as much as possible without losing the quality of the sound itself 8 times.
Tongue mobility is an important part of speech. The ability to move the tongue freely and easily helps with the production of clear speech sounds.
There are a few things that you can do to help improve your tongue mobility:
This is another great way to help keep your dentures in place. With your teeth slightly apart, move your lower jaw up and down and side to side. Do this slowly at first and then speed up as you get used to the movement. You should feel a comfortable stretch in your muscles as you do this.
Palate & Throat Strengthening” might discuss exercises someone can do to help them speak more confidently with their dentures. Exercise that strengthens the muscles in the palate and throat can help someone produce clearer speech when wearing dentures.
Speaking confidently with dentures can be tricky and uncomfortable, but it doesn’t have to be! With these 11 exercises, you’ll find that speaking confidently with dentures is not only achievable – it’s also a lot of fun. When you start to feel more confident about the way your dentures look and sound when you speak, you’ll know that that practice has paid off and now there shouldn’t be anything stopping you from feeling like a rock star every time you open up your mouth!