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October 29, 2010

Don’t Neglect Your Tongue!

What’s the strongest and most flexible muscle in your body?  It’s your tongue!  Your tongue is the only muscle that’s attached only on one end.  It also has a unique print, just like your thumb – and it heals faster than any other body part.  The tongue has 9,000 taste buds and can sense four basic tastes: sweet, sour, bitter, and salty.  About 10% of your taste buds, though, are on your cheeks and palette.

Can you curl your tongue in a u-shape? About 15% of people can’t.

Your tongue harbors HALF of the bacteria that live in your mouth.  If you have bad breath, brush your tongue or consider using a tongue scraper to gently remove bacteria and food particles from the surface of the tongue.  It can really help!

And, according to Guinness, this is the most difficult tongue twister:

The sixth sick sheik’s sixth sheep’s sick.