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Did You Know…

tongue-infographicOur tongues are amazing! We use them to talk, taste, express ourselves – you probably think you know a lot about your tongue, but did you know…

  • 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!