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Teeth and 10,000 Taste Buds

Posted Aug 26 2008 4:31pm
Do You Know Where Your Taste Buds Are?

A woman I know lost her upper teeth to periodontal disease and now wears a complete upper denture. She's worried that she can't taste food like she used to.

You probably never gave it a thought unless you had a mouth-altering experience from drinking something too hot or eating something too cold.
We have almost 10,000 taste buds inside our mouths. Some taste buds are on the roofs of our mouths (the upper palate), but most of our taste buds are on our tongues. Sweet, salty, sour, bitter - our taste buds detect all of the basic tastes, and some are more sensitive to particular tastes than others.

Food may not taste the same if you get a full or partial denture. You won't feel hot and cold on the roof of your mouth if you have a full upper denture, so don't let temperature fool you. You don't want to burn your mouth or get a brain freeze.

Your mind may receive strong signals from your mouth about your denture that overpower the messages from your taste buds. When you get used to your denture, your mind will forget about your denture and move back to your taste buds.

You'll still be able to taste and enjoy food. You're going to love it!

What I know for sure is that it's all connected.

Saundra Goodman
Got Teeth? A Survivor's Guide
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