When it comes to health, we often scrutinize our diet, exercise, and lifestyle choices, but how often do we consider the role of our tongue? Yes, you heard it right — your tongue! 

This often-overlooked organ could be silently influencing your overall health in ways you might not have imagined.

Understanding the Tongue’s Impact

The tongue plays a crucial role in our oral ecosystem. It’s not just essential for taste and speech; it also has significant implications for our dental and overall health.

  • Oral Health: The texture and cleanliness of your tongue can affect your mouth’s health. A coated tongue, for instance, can harbor bacteria and contribute to bad breath and tooth decay.
  • Digestive Health: Digestion starts in the mouth, and the tongue is a key player. A healthy tongue aids in the proper mastication and breakdown of food, which is vital for optimal digestion.
  • Respiratory Issues: A mispositioned tongue can lead to mouth breathing, which has been associated with snoring and sleep apnea, conditions that significantly impact sleep quality and overall health.

Signs Your Tongue Might Be Causing Trouble

  • White Coating: This could indicate an overgrowth of bacteria or yeast.
  • Persistent Bad Breath: Bacteria on the tongue can produce foul-smelling compounds.
  • Change in Texture or Color: These changes can be signs of nutritional deficiencies or other health issues.
  • Difficulty Swallowing or Speaking: These could be symptoms of an underlying neuromuscular issue.
  • Open bite or tongue thrust swallow meaning there is a space between your teeth when you bite and your tongue may slide through it when you swallow.

The Tongue-Body Connection

The state of your tongue can be a window to your general health. Traditional practices like Ayurveda and Chinese medicine have long used tongue diagnosis as a method to detect imbalances in the body. While this method is not used in modern medical diagnosis, it does highlight the tongue’s relevance in overall health monitoring.

Steps to Maintain a Healthy Tongue

  • Proper Oral Hygiene: Regular brushing and tongue scraping can help remove bacteria and prevent bad breath.
  • Stay Hydrated: Drinking enough water helps in maintaining a healthy mouth environment.
  • Balanced Diet: Consuming a diet rich in vitamins and minerals supports oral and general health.
  • Regular Dental Checkups: These can help identify and address tongue-related issues early.
  • Mindful of Mouth Breathing: Be aware of breathing patterns, especially during sleep, as chronic mouth breathing can lead to various health issues.

When to Seek Help

If you notice You are having difficulty sleeping, wakeking, dry mouth, chapped lips, persistent changes in the appearance or function of your tongue, it’s important to consult a healthcare professional. They can help determine if these changes are indicative of a deeper health issue.

Trouble breathing, thinking, tired all the time? Breathing through your mouth, not your nose?

Your tongue could be the problem?  

How much do you think about your tongue?

What do you really know about the tongue?

This part of the body muscle or organ is a mystery. 

Do you know just how important your tongue is to the health of your body?

Your mouth is a window into the body and your tongue is the managing director!

Where is your tongue?  Who is really in charge? You or your tongue?

Where is it resting in your mouth up down or somewhere in the middle? Are you muscle bracing? Is your tongue relaxed or are you pushing it up or to the sides of your teeth?

When you stick your tongue out do you have indentations on the sides known as scalloping?

Your tongue can control how you grow, develop, sleep, eat, snore, chew, swallow, breathe and heal. 

If it does not function properly this oral muscle can wreak havoc in the body without you even  knowing. 

Myofunctional Therapy is a series of exercises that lets the tongue know who’s in charge.

The Tongue is the most misunderstood muscle in the body.

I teach you how to recognize if your tongue has function and mobility.

Discover how your tongue interacts with your overall health.

Discuss what you can do to help yours and your families health. This is genetic and usually one or more family members are struggling and have no idea their tongue position and posture is the issue. 

Habits are something you can change. What is your habit with your tongue? Take some time and evaluate it. When you open wide can you touch the roof of your mouth without closing? If not your tongue may not be functioning properly. 

This is one reason why you might find i9t hard to wake up or wake up feeling tired, when you wake up you find yourself falling back asleep. Your brain values oxygen and  it;s long-term benefits are something you need nasal breathing for, but it values immediate gratification when it comes to the present moment. Mouth breathing when you are sleeping may be a habit. Time to make a change in your life.

Conclusion: A Small Organ with a Big Role

Your tongue is more than just a taste organ; it’s a barometer of your oral and general health. By paying attention to your tongue’s health and maintaining good oral hygiene, you can contribute positively to your overall well-being. So, the next time you brush your teeth, don’t forget to give your tongue the attention it deserves! Look at it, how is it functioning? Where is it resting? What do you do with it when you are swallowing— it might just be the key to unlocking better health!

Book a call if you think your tongue may be causing your health issues we can evaluate it together.