Taste Buds

Monday, May 14, 2012

We have almost 10,000 taste buds inside our mouths that interpret the way things taste. In todays 60 Second Housecall, Dr. Edward Hill explains what taste buds are and what they do.

Dr. Hill:

Your tongue and the roof of your mouth are covered with thousands of tiny taste buds. When you eat something, the receptor cells in your taste buds send messages through sensory nerves to your brain. Your brain then interprets the flavors you are tasting.

Taste buds probably play the most important role in helping you enjoy the many flavors of food. Your taste buds can recognize four basic kinds of tastes: sweet, salty, sour and bitter. The salty and sweet taste buds are located near the front of your tongue; the sour taste buds line the sides of your tongue; and the bitter taste buds are found at the back of your tongue.

Everyones tastes are different. In fact, your tastes will change as you get older. As you age, your taste buds will become less sensitive. You will be more likely to enjoy foods that you thought were too strong as a child.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.