Most casual discussions about dentistry involve your teeth and gums. While these are two of the major components that make up your oral health, they are not the only thing inside your mouth that warrants attention. Your tongue, for instance, may seem as important when compared to the other two, but without it, you would be unable to eat or speak properly. Your tongue is also significant as far as your health is concerned; not only is an unclean tongue a health risk, but your tongue can also hint at the beginning of several serious systemic illnesses, including diabetes, anemia, and certain forms of cancer, to name a few. On the lighter side, however, your tongue is also an interesting piece of human physiology. Detroit dentist Dr. Askari explores fascinating facts about your body’s strongest muscle.
Did You Know?
- Although often referred to as the strongest muscle in your body, your tongue is actually comprised of eight smaller muscles that allow your tongue to move in the many different directions it can.
- Your tongue is not only strong; it is also the only muscle in your entire body that is only connected at one end.
- The strongest tongue recorded by the Guinness Book of World Records belongs to Thomas Blackwell, who lifted a 24 lb., 3 oz. weight by hooking it through his tongue.
- A healthy human tongue has around 10,000 taste buds, 8,000 of which are located on the top of your tongue. The other 2,000 are dispersed along the inside of your cheeks, the sides and bottom of your tongue, and the roof of your mouth.
- Your 10,000 taste buds can only detect five tastes: sweet, sour, bitter, salty, and umami. The fifth and last one was identified in 1908 by a Japanese researcher.
- The phrase “cat got your tongue” is often said as light-hearted banter, but its origins are anything but fun. In ancient Assyria, approximately 2,500 years ago, conquered soldiers and criminals would have their tongues removed and fed to the king’s cats.
To learn more about the elements of your oral health, or to schedule a dental appointment with Dr. Askari, contact Comfort Dental Spa by calling our Farmington Hills dentist office at (248) 474-6434. Located in the 48335 area, we proudly serve patients from Farmington Hills, Dearborn, Novi, Livonia, Detroit, and all surrounding communities.