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By Dr. Charles Bohle & Bohle Family Dentistry
May 10, 2016
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: oral health   tongue tips  

Learn These Tongue Factslearn these tongue facts

 

How much do you know about your tongue?  Not much is the usual answer.  Let's review some interesting fun facts about your tongue.

  • Your tongue looks like on solid muscle but it is actually eight different muscles working together.
  • The small bumps you see on your tongue are not taste buds but are small papillae.  Each papillae can have several thousand taste buds it in.
  • The life cycle of a taste bud is about 14 days.  They are constantly being replaces by new ones.
  • As you age, some taste buds stop replacing themselves.  That means you lose some taste as you age.
  • You have five official tastes:  sweet, sour, bitter, salty and savory.  Surprisingly, spicy is not a taste but it is a pain signal.  It is your tongue telling your brain that it hurts.
  • Every part of your tongue can taste all five flavors, but the sides of the tongue are more sensitive than the middle.
  • There are people who are extra sensitive to tastes.  They are called supertasters and are more likely to be a women than a man.
  • It is impossible to swallow your tongue.  It is sucurely anchored to the bottom of your mouth

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