By: Maria-Cristina Iova
According to the Guinness World Records 2015, the largest tongue recorded in history belongs to Nick Stoeberl measuring 10.1 cm. Although this seems like an interesting trait, dentists confirm that having a large tongue is disadvantageous. The tongue is a specialized, muscular, and multifunctional organ that is part of the oral cavity, pharynx, and larynx.' It is essential in speaking, tasting, chewing, swallowing, and facial growth' and has tremendous importance in the airway path. It is particularly important to consider it when doing an orthodontic treatment or in obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). To understand the complications of a large tongue, the tongue will be first looked at the anatomical level so that the meaning of an oversized tongue and the different types of treatment solutions available to patients with specifically larger tongues can be discussed. In order to help the medical field, dentists need to pay more attention to the tongue by participating in and with clinical studies and publishing observations and information about the tongue, its size, and role in oral health.