The tongue is one of the unique parts of the human body. It's a jack of all trades as it helps the mouth-cleaning process, perceives five different taste categories, and works with the lips and teeth to spit out more than 90 words a minute. On the downside, it harbors bad breath-causing bacteria; however, the tongue's functions are essential to daily life.
According to the Journal of Oral & Maxillofacial Research (JOMR), two nerves provide sensation to the tongue, chin and lower lip. One of those nerves is the lingual nerve. If that nerve is injured, how would it affect the tongue? Here's all you need to know about this important nerve, what an injury might look like, and the treatment options available to get it back to working order.