Cat Got Your Tongue?
Why We Need a Tongue
The tongue is one of the most important muscles in the body. It is just as important as the heart; without the tongue, the heart couldn’t work properly. The tongue helps with talk by using the muscles in the back of your tongue. Try saying the letters “G” and “K” and feel the back of your tongue move when you say them. (kidshealth.org) The back of the tongue also helps with eating. It produces a liquid in the mouth, called saliva. Saliva helps break down food, making it easier to swallow. When chewing, tiny bumps called papillae, help keep a grip on the food. If that’s not enough, a section in the back of the tongue also holds the lingual tonsils. The lingual tonsils help filter out harmful germs that could make our bodies very sick. Aren't you happy you have a tongue? What ever would you do without one?