18 May May is National Better Hearing and Speech Month
May 2018 is designated National Better Hearing and Speech Month to bring awareness to speech and hearing problems. While some speech problems cannot be prevented, poor speech is often related to poor dental health. Today we’ll take a look at some of the ways your dental health can affect your speech.
Crooked, overlapping and misaligned teeth can cause excess air to pass between the teeth resulting in a whistling sound when you speak. The technical term for misaligned teeth is malocclusion. Malocclusion not only affects your speech, but can also lead to serious dental problems if left untreated. We recently wrote about malocclusion in our blog, which you can read here.
Premature Tooth Loss
Premature tooth loss can happen to anyone of any age. Tooth loss may occur due to poor dental health conditions like tooth decay or gum disease, or it could occur due to an accident or trauma to your teeth and jaw. Premature loss of baby teeth can result in the development of a speech impediment in your child that may only be treated with a licensed speech or occupational therapist. Young children or infants who suffer premature baby tooth loss should also see a dentist for treatment in combination with treatment from a speech or occupational therapist. Dentists can replace missing baby teeth or fit the child with a habit appliance that will help improve speech therapy results.
Orthodontia like braces or retainers can cause a temporary change in speech as you adjust to having the appliances inside your mouth. This change typically goes away after a few weeks.
If you are self-conscious of your teeth or smile, you may not open your mouth fully when you speak. This can result in mumbling when you speak which makes it hard for others to communicate with you.
If you are self-conscious of your smile, chances are you have serious dental health concerns that need to be addressed. Our cosmetic dental options do more than give you a pretty smile, they treat and correct serious dental issues like missing or broken teeth. To learn more about our cosmetic dental options, contact our office to schedule an appointment.