We’ve all seen dogs with their tongues hanging out of their mouths, but the reason why may surprise you.
This is because during periods of exertion or high temperatures a dog’s tongue increases in size as it exercises due to greater blood flow, and the moisture on the tongue works to cool this blood flow, thus cooling down the dog.
So cut Buster a break next time he’s wagging his tongue more than his tail – he’s just trying to cool off a bit..
The tongue is an organ, just like our heart, lungs, kidneys, liver, pancreas, and other essential organs of the human body.
Our tongue is the primary organ of the human body responsible for our sense of taste; there are five elements of how humans perceive taste: salty, sour, bitter, sweet, and umami (or savory).
The tongue also has the astonishing ability to heal faster than any other part of our body, and half of the bacteria found in our mouths is housed on the tongue.
The tongue actually aids in cleaning our teeth after eating, and also plays a major role in our ability to speak.
We all need our tongues to eat, taste, speak, & swallow, but did you now our tongue prints are as unique as our fingerprints?
This is due to variations in size, width, and the amount of taste buds, making each of our tongues as different as a snowflake. The human tongue has on average 3,000 – 10,000 taste buds.
Although sticking our tongue out at someone could certainly be considered childish and offensive, in Tibet sticking out your tongue is a considered a greeting.
Despite the popular debate between tongue rollers and those incapable of doing so, the ability to roll your tongue is NOT genetically determined, studies with identical twins have proven such.
Check out the following infographic to see 15 more facts you may not have known about the tongue: Read More
When it comes to taking care of your teeth and gums, can you read the signs?
Our teeth are pretty incredible when we stop to think about it, our teeth are pretty tough – given what we put them through and how they serve our quality of life on the regular.
— Dental Patient News (@SocialDentistry) July 21, 2014
Although tooth enamel is the hardest substance in the human body, they’re no match for neglect, misuse, or downright abuse.
And for two minutes each round – ideally after every meal.
“Make sure you wait 30 to 60 minutes after each meal, which gives the acidity time to neutralize and the teeth time to remineralize,” says Debra Gray King, DDS, FAACD, of the Atlanta Center for Cosmetic Dentistry. Read More
The following post was syndicated from CBS San Francisco. We just think it’s super cool and wanted to share.
SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — Bay Area tech companies offer perks like free lunches, on site dry cleaning and car washes as incentives to keep up employee productivity, and now they’re bringing the dentist to the office.
Studio Dental partners with companies like San Francisco’s Tagged by bringing a dental office on wheels to the company’s headquarters in San Francisco.
The 250 square foot dental truck is a convenience that employees love. Tagged employee Jeffrey Ouyand was able to see the dentist and be back behind his desk in 45 minutes. The average time it takes to go see a dentist can be 3 to 4 hours.
Tagged spokeman Steve Sarner said the visiting dental office gives their employees a better work life balance.
Dr. Sara Creighton said the companies they partner with help streamline appointments and insurance processing. The mobile dental unit has two chairs and can treat over 100 patients a week. Employees don’t pay a dime since their company insurance covers their treatments.
Studio Dental can handle treatments from teeth cleaning, root canals, and even veneers.
We all know the obvious offenders that are all too inviting to the cavity creeps; sweets, sodas, & energy drinks…among others.
But did you know some foods that are considered healthy can also be bad for our teeth?
Sure, vitamin C is good for us – and our smiles, but taking in too much citrus fruit can have detrimental effects on the health of our teeth and gums.
“The problem with eating too much citrus fruits – or drinking too much lemon water – is that the acids can soften and erode tooth enamel,” says NYC cosmetic dentist Dr. Rastegar. “Once tooth enamel is gone, it doesn’t grow back.”
You can read ABC News’ syndication of this original Women’s Health article here.
Lemons and limes are especially harsh, as are citrus fruit juices of any kind (since they’re concentrated and high in sugar). In fact, a 2011 study in the British Journal of Nutrition found that grapefruit juice is nearly as erosive as Coca-Cola.
So take it easy on the citrus fruits…scurvy shouldn’t be that big of a concern these days!
We should all know by now how healthy almonds are for us, this superfood is high in “good fats” and vitamin E – which is good for our skin.
But constant crunching on almonds can damage our teeth, how you ask?
Because whole almonds are hard, and they can actually chip or fracture teeth when vigorously chomping away on these healthy nuts. Choose the sliced variety instead and skip the potential tooth trauma. Read More
Summer is definitely the smile season; there are just too many reasons to smile during summer more so than any other time of the year.
Sure Halloween is great, and the Holiday season surely brings on the smiles before the winter doldrums set in, but let’s examine some of the top reasons why summer is the smile season…
Smiles come in all shapes and sizes and we certainly don’t need any reason to smile more, so what is it about summer than has the corners of our mouths turning up more so than any other season? Read More
Summer is finally here!
At least here in the northern hemisphere that is. Temperatures are rising, schools are letting out, the 4th of July is right around the corner, and summer vacations are on the not too distant horizon.
If it’s a human condition that some of us feel more depressed (or SAD…Seasonal Affective Disorder) in the winter, is the opposite true that the sunshine and warmer weather make us happier in summer?
Sadly, SAD affects up to 3% of the U.S. population, or about 9 million people, some experts say, and countless others have milder forms of the winter doldrums.
Summertime starts off with National Smile Month, so we’ll leave that one to the clinical psychologists and for now tackle a much simpler question…
Everywhere we look people are flocking to the beaches, pools, parks, & parties, enjoying all of the reasons we smile more in the summer season.
Make sure that your smile is ready for summer with these top tips! Read More