Why doesn't my tongue fall out of my mouth?

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Have you ever wondered if your tongue was actually attached to your mouth?? It might seem sometimes like it’s just barely hanging in there, and could actually fall right out at any moment!!

Well, never fear: Your tongue is definitely attached to your mouth, and it will not fall out unexpectedly! If you lift up your tongue and take a look in the mirror, you’ll see a fleshy little fold that attaches the underside of your tongue to the bottom of your mouth. Although it might look like skin, this fleshy wedge is actually a mucous membrane called the “frenulum linguae” or sometimes just the “frenulum.”  

Having a tongue attached in the back by the frenulum which is free to move about in front helps you with all kinds of things such as eating, talking, and more! – Thanks, frenulum!!

by   (whyzz writer)
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