The Tongue – A tiny muscle with much power

words by Dr. Maribel Santos-Cordero, Dentistry for Children & Adolescents

My grandmother used to say: “The tongue has the power of life”. Did you know that the tongue is not only vital for speech but also essential to keep us healthy? This unique muscle carries a lot of responsibilities. It is needed for speaking, sucking, tasting, chewing, swallowing, drinking, kissing, shaping our jaws as we grow, maintaining good oral health and even breathing properly. So much work for such a tiny muscle! It shouldn’t come as a surprise to learn that, when the tongue can’t move properly, many basic functions in your body get altered.
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