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9 Things You (Probably) Didn’t Know About the Tongue | Dr. William Darr

Discover Fascinating Facts About Your Tongue with Dr. William Darr, DDS

We use our tongues every day for talking, tasting, and swallowing, yet we often overlook this remarkable organ.

Here are 9 intriguing facts about the tongue:

  1. Record-Breaking Tongues: The longest recorded tongue measured over 3.8 inches from back to tip, while the widest was more than 3 inches across.
  2. Muscle Power: Your tongue contains 8 separate muscles intricately intertwined.
  3. Whale-Sized Tongue: A blue whale’s tongue weighs about 5,400 pounds, roughly the size of an adult elephant!
  4. Unique Shapes and Taste Buds: Tongues come in various shapes and have different numbers of taste buds, making each human tongue imprint as unique as a fingerprint.
  5. Taste Bud Overload: The average person has around 10,000 taste buds in their mouth.
  6. Complex Taste Buds: Each taste bud contains between 50 and 100 taste cells, capable of sensing multiple tastes.
  7. Taste Cell Specialization: Individual taste cells can only identify either bitter or sweet flavors, not both.
  8. Bacterial Haven: Just 1 milliliter of saliva contains about 1,000,000 bacteria.
  9. Tongue Health Benefits: Using a tongue scraper to clean your tongue can prevent various health issues, including osteoporosis, pneumonia, heart attacks, premature births, diabetes, and male infertility.

While most tongue health issues are caused by bacteria or tobacco use, proper tongue cleaning can help prevent them. However, if you notice sores, discoloration, or other symptoms, it’s crucial to seek professional advice.

Some common tongue-related illnesses include:

  • Leukoplakia: Excessive cell growth leading to white patches in the mouth and on the tongue, potentially precancerous.
  • Oral Thrush: A yeast infection common after antibiotic use, characterized by white patches resembling cottage cheese.
  • Red Tongue: Can be caused by a deficiency of folic acid and/or vitamin B-12.
  • Hairy Tongue: Caused by a build-up of bacteria, leading to a black and/or hairy-feeling tongue.
  • Canker Sores: Small ulcerous sores often associated with stress, not contagious.
  • Oral Cancer: While most tongue issues are benign, any sore or lump that doesn’t heal within a week or two should be screened.

To learn more about your tongue or to schedule a screening with Dr. William Darr, DDS, contact our office today.

William S. Darr, DDS
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Broussard, LA 70518

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