Your tongue is an essential muscle in your mouth. Farmington Hills dentist, Dr. Aziza Askari will always check your tongue at your six month dental checkups because in addition to helping you tell tales (with the ability to speak) the look of your tongue tells tales to the dentist. Want to learn more?
Q1. True or false: Your tongue changes when you are sick.
Q2. True or false: The tongue is the only muscle in your body which is only attached on one side.
Q3. True or false: Tongues can lift a tremendous amount of weight.
Q4. True or false: Contrary to popular belief human tongues aren’t the place where most of your taste buds are.
A1. TRUE – Your tongue often shows signs when your physical health is not in order. In addition to viruses such as the common cold, diabetes, anemia, and certain types of cancer may show on your tongue in the form of bumps and discoloration.
A2. TRUE – Your tongue is known as the strongest muscle in your body. Technically, it is comprised of eight smaller muscles which work together to move your tongue in all of those different directions for speaking and eating. There is no other muscle like your tongue in your body. All the rest are attached on both ends.
A3. TRUE – Tongues are extremely robust. Thomas Blackwell holds the record for tongue lifting with a 24 lb., 3 oz. lift. Yes, your tongue is a dynamo, but do not try this at home.
A4. FALSE – Your mouth has 10,000 taste buds. Most of them (some 8,000 or so) reside on your tongue. Another 2,000 are found on the inside of your cheeks and on the sides and bottom of your tongue. You also have a few on the roof of your mouth.
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If you have any general dentistry needs, feel free to contact our 48335 dentist office at (248)474-6434 for a consultation. Located in Farmington Hills, Michigan our office serves patients from as far as Toronto, Canada as well as nearby Oakland and Wayne County including neighboring cities such as Farmington, Novi, Northville, Plymouth, Livonia, Westland, Bloomfield, S. Lyon, Southfield, Ann Arbor and surrounding neighborhoods.