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Doctors say the tongue is a great place to look for signs of trouble — even before other symptoms occur

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While it’s not true that your tongue is the strongest muscle in your body (scientists argue it’s either the main jaw muscle or the gluteus maximus, the butt muscle), it’s definitely one of the most unique: The tongue can be a harbinger for the health of your entire body.

According to Dr. Matt Messina, assistant professor of dentistry at The Ohio State University, tongue and mouth tissues are more transparent than skin — so medical providers can more easily see signs of a medical condition beneath the surface.

“The tongue and mouth are a great place to look for signs…

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