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Tongue and Taste Buds

Fun Facts About Your Tongue and Taste Buds

Have you ever thought about the tongue as you think of any other part of the body with the same kind of interest and importance? No right? Well, no one does unless the tongue is cute due to some food or with tooth bite. This little part of the body is the most neglected part although it is the most important part of the body.

One would often forget to clean the tongue while brushing or flossing, but it is not right as the tongue serves a critical purpose to taste things, maintaining its hygiene is important.

Through this article, we would give you some fun and interesting tongue facts about our smallest body part. Read on.

Tongue Consists of 8 muscles

The tongue is one of the most flexible muscles of the body making it possible to use it throughout the day without stressing it, although not the strongest. The strongest muscles in the body are the quads and glutes which can create the largest amounts of force.

4 inches is the length of the Tongue

Start from the inner joint till the time, the average person’s tongue‘s length is 4 inches. The funniest fact is the longest tongue ever measured is about twice that size.

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The Colour of The Tongue is a Storyteller

An indication of a serious health issue can be detected by the colour of the tongue. The tongue turns red from pink when there are allergies and infections. A blistered tongue might be a sign of a negative reaction to certain allergy and blood pressure medications, while fungal infections can lead to white patches all over the tongue. The texture of the tongue also tells a story. When it is too smooth, that can be a sign that the person is deficient in essential minerals like folic acid, iron and vitamin B12.

The Bumps on Tongue are the House of the Taste Buds

The small pink and white bumps on a person’s tongue are called papillae and not taste buds as they cannot be seen by the naked eye.

The Tongue is Covered with Taste Buds

All parts of a person’s tongue are capable of tasting a wide range of things. There are charts that divide the tongue into different areas that only taste sweet, sour, salty and bitter tastes, but that is only done for the sake of simplicity. In reality, every part of the tongue is capable of detecting different tastes.

1000+ Tongue Taste Buds are on Present

There are nearly 2000 to 10,000 taste buds on the tongue. Some die off every couple of weeks and they are replaced with new ones.

You only have one tongue, so it is important that you take good care of it. Failing to do so can inhibit your ability to speak or taste things, and it can lead to bad breath.