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15 Facts Interesting Facts about the Tongue

#1 The appearance of the tongue indicates a person’s health

Whenever we go to a doctor, they usually tell us to stick it out for some examination. A nice, pink-colored tongue usually indicates good general health. On the other hand, a yellow one is a sign of fever or stomach problems. And a white one (oral thrush) indicates fungal infections, sometimes in the form of yeast overgrowth known as candida.

#2 It’s the strongest, most flexible muscle in the body

This organ can function without skeleton support. Since it is highly flexible, the tongue can easily manipulate food within the mouth. It also serves as an effective cleanser after we consume our food. Therefore, it helps us eliminate food particles and ward off oral diseases.

#3 Piercings are damaging to the mouth

Tongue piercings are risky because a wide array of bacteria lingers in the mouth. In addition, metal piercings can potentially damage the teeth through cracking or deteriorating the enamel. This may also affect a person’s sense of taste, damage the gums, and cause excessive salivation.

#4 In Tibet,sticking one’s tongue out is a polite mannerism

This gesture is perceived as weird, childish, or at times rude in many countries. However, in Tibet, sticking it out of the mouth is not seen as an insult.

#5 Bad breath (halitosis) is worse when you don’t brush your tongue

The tongue has very tiny bumps known as papillae. These bumps can trap bacteria and cause halitosis. Over 50 percent of bacteria found in the mouth linger on the tongue. Hence, cleaning it is as essential as brushing the teeth twice per day, flossing, and rinsing with mouthwash.

#6 Tongues are unique, like a fingerprint

Besides the various shapes,they have a varied number of taste buds too. As a result, each tongue imprint is diverse.

#7 The drier it is, the harder it is to taste

Our taste buds react to chemicals that can dissolve in water. That said, it makes sense why it’s easier for us to taste salty foods when we have a moist mouth. After all, salts easily dissolve in water, and thus, in our saliva.

#8 Women have shorter tongues than men

To prove this fact, compare tongue sizes with the opposite sex. You may find the results surprising! Either way, size does not matter, but it is an interesting fact.

#9 It’s a body part that never stops working and moving

We require rest, but this body organ keeps working and pushes saliva into the throat even when we sleep.

#10 The “cat got your tongue” phrase has truth to it

This maxim has its roots in age-old Assyria and is over 2500 years old. Defeated soldiers and criminals had their tongues cut as a punishment and fed to the King’s cats.

#11 It has eight inseparable, striated muscles

This helps our tongue with its incredible flexibility and strength.

#12 The different flavors we taste come from four components of the tongue

It’s believed the tip of the tongue is most sensitive to flavor in general.

#13 This organ has a crucial function for infants when breastfeeding

Because it functions as a piston. When the tongue maneuvers backward in the mouth, this generates low pressure that helps suck in a fluid when drinking.

#14 Receptors on our tongue are nerve endings that have a chemical reaction with the foods and beverages we are tasting

These receptors transmit information to our brain and help our tastebuds find flavors.

#15 There are about 50 to 150 taste receptor cells within each taste bud

These assist us with tasting an abundance of different flavors.

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