Interesting Tongue Facts from Your Chicago Dentist

In other blog posts we discussed the functions and importance of your tongue. The tongue is surprisingly vital to oral functions such as chewing, speaking, and swallowing and is a very intriguing part of our anatomy. Dr. James Fondriest and our staff in our Lake Forest Office have posted some interesting facts about the tongue that you may not know.

Tongue Trivia

  • Similar to the uniqueness of fingerprints, no tongue is the same.
  • Taste buds can grow. When taste buds grow too big, they make your tongue appear hairy.
  • Although 90% of your taste buds are located on your tongue, the other 10% are found on the insides of your cheeks and your palette.
  • Temperatures of foods and beverages alter taste. Your tongue’s taste buds are sensitive to temperatures.
  • Taste buds and the nose work together to provide sensations of flavor. Sweet, sour, bitter, and salty flavors are detected by taste buds.
  • Your tongue is made up of mostly skeletal muscle tissue.
  • When damaged or injured, your tongue heals faster than any other part of your body.
  • Your tongue moves saliva to the back of your throat, even when you’re sleeping.
  • Bad breath commonly comes from bacteria and debris on the tongue.
  • Your tongue is the strongest muscle in your body.
  • With roots in ancient civilizations, tongue piercing has been around for thousands of years.
  • A thin mucus membrane covers your tongue.
  • Nearly half of the bacteria in your mouth live on your tongue. Human mouths have more bacteria than a dog’s mouth.
  • The front flexible portion of your tongue is essential to proper pronunciation.
  • Your tongue gives hints of many diseases.

The tongue truly is an interesting part of our bodies. Show your tongue some love by keeping it clean with regular brushing. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Fondriest, call our Chicago dentist office at (847) 234-0517. We serve patients from North Shore, Lake Forest, Chicago, and the surrounding areas.

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