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Role of Teeth in Speech Development

You cherish the gummy smile of your baby during first few months and all of a sudden, you see a pair of teeth while he or she smiles. At the end of your child’s second birthday, he or she has a complete set of teeth. However, teeth not only make your child’s smile beautiful, but also help in chewing and speech development.

How do Teeth Help in your Child’s Speech Development?

    Take your child to your doctor if you are concerned about child’s delayed teething.

  • Teeth, lips, tongue and palate help to develop speech. The first set of teeth in your baby comes out between 6 months and 1 year. These are known as milk, primary, temporary or baby teeth.
  • While developing speech, we move the jaw and thus, teeth come into position. Teeth involve in the pronunciation of ‘fff’ and ‘vvv’. They also engage to make the ‘th’ sound. Upper teeth are used mainly for speech development.
  • By 12 months , introduce picture books that make sounds. Your baby will enjoy finger-playing picture books with animal sounds. He or she will love the cacophony of drums and the banging music of steel bowls. You can also introduce rhythm instruments like xylophone and battery operated guitar at this age.
  • Owing to defective or missing teeth, children often substitute ‘th’ for ‘s’ or ‘z’ and ‘w’ for ‘r’ and so on. For example, children might pronounce ‘simple’ as ‘thimple’, ‘red’ as ‘wed’, etc. This is called as lisping.

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