DON’T HOLD YOUR TONGUE

5 TIPS FOR SPEAKING MORE CONFIDENTLY

Once your mouth muscles adapt to your dentures, you’ll likely be more comfortable talking with friends, speaking up at work, and laughing with family. Here are some ways to practice speaking confidently and clearly with dentures.

Practice talking out loud

Tip 1

Practice talking out loud

When you speak out loud, you’ll be able to hear which words you have the most trouble with. Many new denture wearers have difficulty pronouncing “F” and “S” sounds. Try saying the following tongue twisters a few times a day:

Tiny-tot Tad tasted very little treats.
Fair is foul and foul is fair.
Sister Sue sews shirts, shorts, and shoulder straps for shoulders.

Read from a book in front of the mirror

Tip 2

Read from a book in front of the mirror

This will help you re-master common words and sounds. Practice speaking slowly and patiently and you should start to feel more relaxed.

Gently bite down and swallow before you speak
Gently bite down and swallow before you speak

Tip 3

Gently bite down and swallow before you speak

If your dentures shift when you speak, gently biting down and swallowing before you talk will set them in the correct position. Don’t forget to take a deep breath to calm yourself.

Speak at a normal volume
Speak at a normal volume

Tip 4

Speak at a normal volume

You may feel like you sound louder than usual when you start speaking with dentures. This is because dentures alter the anatomy of your mouth, and therefore, the way sound travels from it. Don’t worry—it’s more noticeable to you than to others, and you will sound more natural over time.

Try using a denture adhesive

Tip 5

Try using a denture adhesive

If you’re concerned about your dentures shifting while you talk, an adhesive such as Super Poligrip® Original Denture Adhesive Cream can help make sure they stay in place all day.