How does the tongue impact the body?

The tongue is often overlooked as a body part that gets a lot of action, but there is a lot more going on up there.

The tongue is an extension of the central nervous system, which means it is impacted by many things in the physical and emotional body.

Let's explore the different ways the tongue impacts the body, how to strengthen and support the tongue, and the benefits of tongue scraping.

1. The anatomy of the tongue

The tongue is a mobile, muscular organ that is used for the sense of taste, speech, and swallowing. The tongue is also an important sensory organ, providing information on taste, texture, temperature, and more. The tongue is made up of three layers: the mucosa, the muscularis, and the submucosa.

There are two types of muscles in the tongue: intrinsic and extrinsic. The intrinsic muscles are responsible for moving the tongue and changing it in shape. The extrinsic muscles are responsible for pulling the tongue out and up. The mucosa is the inner layer of the tongue and is responsible for the production of saliva and taste.

2. The function of the tongue

The tongue is a muscle that is used to help you eat, taste, and speak. It also helps you to digest food, so it is important that you keep it healthy. To keep your tongue healthy, you should scrape it every day to remove any food particles.

3. Benefits of tongue scraping

Many people are unaware of the benefits of tongue scraping.

The tongue is a point of a lot of health problems. It is home to a lot of bacteria and there is a risk of getting a lot of diseases from that. Tongue scraping is an oral health practice that helps scrape away the buildup of bacteria, food particles, and dead cells that accumulate on the surface of the tongue; these substances contribute to bad breath, tooth cavities, gum disease, and overall poor oral health. In fact, research suggests that regular tongue scraping can reduce the number of bacteria in the mouth, which helps to keep the mouth cleaner and fresher. Tongue scraping can also be a good way to prevent bad breath and improve the taste of food.

4. Conclusion.

If you are someone who has a hard time brushing your teeth and tongue, then you may need to scrape your tongue. This can be done by using a tongue scraper. The benefits of scraping your tongue include preventing the buildup of bacteria, reducing inflammation, and lessening the risk of oral cancer.


Dotiwala, A. K., & Samra, N. S. (2022). Anatomy, head and neck, tongue. In StatPearls. StatPearls Publishing.