Most people take their sense of taste for granted until it stops working properly. Eating your favorite foods is not nearly as satisfying when you can’t taste them. So what makes us have a good sense of taste? Our tongues. The human tongue holds up to 10,000 taste buds. You may recognize them as the tiny bumps all over the muscle. They are called papillae. Taste buds allow you to sense five specific flavors: sweet, sour, salty, bitter, and umami. If umami doesn’t sound familiar, it’s because it’s relatively new. This fifth sense of taste was officially recognized in 1985 based on Japanese theories of taste. Umami is a flavor described as meaty, brothy, salty, satisfying taste sensation which results from glutamates.
More on Taste Buds
On each taste bud, there are tiny structures called microvillae which look like little hairs. The microvillae send information to your brain. Your brain then tells you which flavor you are consuming. Every few weeks, your taste buds regenerate. As you age, however, you will produce fewer taste buds. This is why many people in their twilight years complain that their sense of taste has declined. Tobacco use over the years will also reduces the sharpness of your taste.
More about your Tongue
While most of your taste buds do reside on your tongue, this isn’t the only part of your mouth responsible for your sense of taste. Your nose’s olfactory sense combines with your tongue’s sense of taste to produce more depth of flavors. That’s why when you have a cold or stuffy nose, the foods you eat may not taste quite right. As for your tongue , in addition to providing your with taste with taste, the human tongue helps us chew food, swallow, and pronounce sounds. At your regular dental checkups, Dr. Askari will inspect your tongue for any problems. Lesions or spots on the tongue could be signs of oral cancer.
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Our team of talented dentists and specialists deliver exceptional oral healthcare with a personal touch. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Askari, contact Comfort Dental Spa at (248) 474-6434. We serve patients of all ages from Livonia, Novi, Farmington Hills, Dearborn, and the surrounding Detroit communities.