4 Fun Facts About Your Tongue!

Smile Workshop focuses a lot of your teeth. It’s even in the name – we usually work on smiles. But your tongue is extremely important. Your tongue is vital for eating, breathing and talking. So this week, we’re spotlight 4 fun facts about your tongue!

Your tongue has thousands of taste buds!

On your tongue, there are somewhere between 2,000 and 10,00 taste buds! This may explain why some people stay away from spicier dishes – the more taste buds you have, the more intensely you sense flavors.

Your taste buds are spread out across the tongue

The old belief used to be that you had certain sensitivities on different parts of the tongue, but this isn’t the case. You can taste sweet, salty, sour, bitter, and savory at similar levels across the tongue.

Your tongue has eight muscles

Your tongue is able to change shapes and contort because the four intrinsic muscles aren’t directly attached to any bones. However, the four extrinsic muscles are attached to bones and allow your tongue to change position. This mix of movement is how you’re able to talk and make different noises.

The average tongue is four inches long

The tongue is divided into two parts: the portion that is visible (anterior) and the back portion (posterior). The anterior tongue is about two thirds of your tongue and where most of the taste buds sit, while the posterior tongue measures about one third of your tongue. The longest human tongue measures in at 10.1 centimeters!

For any other questions about your tongue and dental health, either call your local Smile Workshop or book an appointment on our home page today! We’ll see you soon!

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