The Secrets Behind Your Tongue

Your Tongue Aids in Digestion and Mouth Cleaning

According to the National Center of Biotechnology Information (NCBI), the tongue starts the process of digestion by transporting food during mastication, otherwise known as the chewing process, to be swallowed into the stomach. The tongue is attached to a fold known as the frenulum. However, the “apex” of the tongue, or the tip, isn’t connected to the frenulum, which allows the tongue to reach the teeth for speech purposes and saliva transference.

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Bacteria on Your Tongue Can Cause Bad Breath

According to the American Breath Specialists, as many as 60 million people in the United States suffer from chronic bad breath, or halitosis. Many dentists claim that one cause of this is that bacteria collects on the tongue. Odor-causing bacteria can sometimes seep in through these cracks. One way to to eliminate this harmful bacteria is to brush your tongue thoroughly using a tongue cleaner or using a tongue cleaner on the back of your toothbrush. Believe it or not, your tongue actually is not evenly flat. There’s small creases and beveled surfaces in your tongue that aren’t noticeable by the eye.



Tongues Have Defense Cells

According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information, your tongue consists of defense cells that are especially evident in the lingual tonsil component. As illustrated below, it is positioned in the bottom portion of the back of the tongue as part of the lymphatic tonsillar ring. The palatine tonsils and the pharyngeal tonsil work with this lingual tonsil to  produce germ-fighting cells that function to guard the body against germs that come in through the mouth.

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