Posted on 5/25/2018 by Dr Jonathan Ford
|Speech is affected by many factors, including the teeth. While speech comes naturally to a majority of people, should you lose your teeth prematurely due to accident or disease, you may find it difficult to speak clearly. Talking will become a challenge, so it is important that you take steps to replace missing teeth as soon as possible.
Teeth Help to Produce Sound
Teeth provide an important function when it comes to speech production. They are vital in the production of many sounds, including the following consonants:
The teeth also play a role in producing ""sh"" and ""ch"" sounds. When you consider all of the words that you say that use these sounds, it is clear that the teeth are a necessity for proper speech.
The front teeth are especially important for proper speech. It is common for people with missing front teeth to develop speech impediments, specifically a lisp. For younger dental patients, this may require help from a speech therapist later in life to correct.
Missing Teeth May Lead to Embarrassment
It is a sad reality that having missing teeth causes many people to feel self-conscious about their smiles. When you are speaking to someone, you might be so preoccupied with the fact that he will notice your missing teeth, you may mumble or speak quietly to try and hide your mouth. Many people cover their mouths with their hands, especially when laughing or smiling. If you aren't able to speak clearly and confidently, you could suffer social and professional setbacks.
Your teeth serve a bigger role in your life than simply chewing your food. They also play an important part on speech development, speaking clearly, and your overall confidence level. If you have missing teeth, contact us today to find out how we can improve your smile.
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