10 Things That Live Inside Your Mouth

For many of us, the only time you really think about what’s inside your mouth is when you’re standing in the buffet line, salivating as you pray nobody takes all the macaroni before we get there. Or occasionally early in the morning, when you need to quickly rectify whatever’s inside your mouth making that smell float outside

But there’s way more stuff going on in there than you might think. Some of it’s gross, some of it’s cool, but you won’t know what any of it is until you dive in. Let’s take a look at what’s living inside your mouth:

Your Tongue

Of course, you knew that you have a tongue, but did you know that your tongue is actually an organ and is made up of eight different muscles? For some of us, that might mean we can do a mean party trick and fold our tongue in half, make it roll up like a cannoli, or twist it like a corkscrew. (You’re all trying one of these right now, aren’t you?)

The muscles in our tongue facilitate swallowing and move our food around the mouth so it’s chewed thoroughly and can be sent along to our stomachs for further digestion. It’s also very effective when you’re 3 (or 33) to stick out all eight of those muscles to demonstrate when you’re unhappy, annoyed or displeased with something.

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