- Your tongue is a very special muscle called a muscular hydrostatic. That means it works without help from your skeletal structure, just like an elephant’s truck or an octopus tentacle.
- Because it comes in different shapes and has a variable amount of taste buds, the human tongue imprint is as unique as a fingerprint.
- The average person has 10,000 taste buds, with 2000 of those under the tongue, inside the cheeks, on the roof of the month and on the lips.
- A single taste bud contains 50 – 100 taste cells. One cell can have multiple types of sensors for tasted, but no single cell can identify both sweet and bitter.
- You tongue helps you swallow food and cleans your teeth right after eating.
- Tongue cleaning with a scraper is proven to help prevent heart attacks, pneumonia, premature births, diabetes, osteoporosis and infertility in men. So clean your tongue with a scraper or toothbrush.
- While tongue piercing is nothing new – people have been doing it since ancient times – there are definite health dangers associated with it including infection, nerve damage and chipped teeth.
And just for a bit of fun,according to the Guinness World Records, the hardest tongue twister in the English language is “The sixth sick sheikh’s sixth sheep’s sick.” Say that six times!