Meet your tongue

Did you know the strongest muscle in the body is the tongue? The tongue manipulates food for mastification and it is the primary organ of taste. There are also different type of tongues, people of all ages can experience several different types of tongue disorders due to por oral hygene, infections, genetic tendencies and various underlying medical conditions, skin problems, urinary infections, temperatura, stress and depression can cause retention or deficiency among other facts in your tongue that will make your tongue different from others. Some deficincies include: blood deficiencies, IQ deficiency, these are signs of fatigue, poor appetite and concentration. You can examine your tongue and check its identity, we show you how.

The importance of the tongue in the ability of the mammals to consume the food and to the overall maintenance of the health of the teeth is oftentimes overlooked. Even when talking about dentistry, everyone focuses on the teeth. In reality, it is the association of the teeth and the soft tissue around the teeth, the healthy mouth forms tight connections.

The digestion occurs starting in the stomach? In fact this makes sense. The mouth, teeth, tongue, and saliva have the job of taking the food and making a bolus that we feel comfortable in swallowing. The saliva also adds digestive enzymes and pH buffers, but it is basically a lubricant.

For most cases of uncomplicated halitosis, the root cause can be summed up in two words: tongue bacteria. Though it might be hard to believe, most of that bad smell comes from the back of your tongue where many organisms are thriving in the warm moist airless conditions.

Mouths are full of bacteria. This is normal: from the time of our birth, bacteria are getting into our mouths in food, on other objects, on hands, in water, even in the air that we take in when we breath through the mouth. Some of the bacteria that get in don’t survive, but many do, and before very long, the oral cavity becomes a complex ecosystem of mixed organisms: organisms that live on the teeth, on the gums, in the throat, and even tongue bacteria. Many of these organisms are actually beneficial: they help break down food particles and mop up shed body cells. They compete with other organisms that are potentially harmful, thus protecting us from infection.

Overall, it’s good thing to have a healthy population of organisms living in your mouth, and tongue bacteria are no exception. The problem comes when certain types of organisms gain a foothold and start to proliferate, producing larger populations. Chief among these are anaerobic bacteria – bacteria that live in places where there is very little or no oxygen. Anaerobes are common in the bowel, in some abscesses, in very wet places in the environment where organic material is rotting, and in the mouth.

If you think about it, bowel contents, abscesses, wet rotting organic material, and mouths all have something in common: they can smell very very bad. This is because anaerobic bacteria produce a bad smell when they break down proteins for nutrients. The process produces volatile sulfur compounds – molecules that contain sulfur that are readily dispersed into the air. Sulfur smells bad, and these compounds smell worse. The odor associated with bad breath, and with tongue bacteria, is essentially the same odor that we detest in feces and rotten eggs.

Bad breath comes from tongue bacteria simply because the tongue happens to be a great place for anaerobes to live. They flourish in all the tiny grooves between papillae and taste buds on the surface of the tongue, covered by a blanket of mucus and other non-cellular material. There, they can safely carry on the business of breaking down proteins that they find floating around in the mouth, and producing volatile sulfur compounds to make us hold our noses.

Tongue scrapers are said to help remove the bacteria that causes bad breath. But is using a tongue scraper any more effective than just brushing your tongue?

To be continued.