The tongue is pretty fascinating. Not only is this muscle super important to great oral health, but we think it’s also just plain interesting! Here are some little known facts about your tongue:
1. Everyone’s Tongue Print Is Unique Like Fingerprints
Your tongue is uniquely your own, there’s no other one just like it. In fact, your entire set of teeth is also completely unique to you. Even identical twins don’t have the same sets of teeth. This is why dental records can be used, if needed, to identify human remains.
2. The Average Tongue is Three Inches Long
Ever tried to touch your tongue to your nose? If you can do it, maybe your tongue is a bit longer than normal. Most tongues measure three inches in length, from the back of the tongue to the tip. The record for longest tongue? It’s currently 3.97 inches, according to the Guinness Book of World Records.
3. Your Tongue Has Thousands of Taste buds
Your tongue is literally covered with thousands of taste buds, ranging anywhere from 2,000 to 10,000. Many people assume that the little bumps on their tongue are taste buds, but those bumps are actually called papillae. Each contains around six taste buds. Generally, taste buds can’t be seen with the naked eye.
4. The Tongue Is Actually Eight Muscles
Another misconception is that the tongue is the strongest muscle in the body, but this can’t be true. The tongue is made up of eight muscles. Each of these muscles serve different purposes, and they allow the tongue to change shape and position, giving the tongue remarkable flexibility and stamina. The tongue is incredibly strong though, consider just how often you use it.
5. The Tongue Is a Window Into Your Health & Wellness
The appearance of your tongue can give your doctor clues to what’s going on in your body. White patches, for example, may indicate a fungal infection called thrush, or a red, blistered tongue could be a sign of dry mouth. A healthy tongue should generally be a shade of pink.
Pay Attention to Your Tongue!
The health of your tongue is an important component of your oral health. Without proper care, bacteria can accumulate on the surface, leading to bad breath and the spread of bacteria and eventual tooth decay. Invest in a tongue scraper or use your toothbrush to give your tongue a good daily scrub.
Don’t forget to visit Route 66 Smiles for regular checkups and cleanings. We provide dental care to patients in the Yukon area. Contact us today at (405) 494-7227to schedule an appointment!