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The tongue is a muscular organ with sensory function that enables taste and plays a major role in phonation, the ability to speak, and the early stages of food intake. The mouth contains many bacteria that settle on the tongue. Germs feed on the break-down of certain food residues which remain on the taste buds. This bacterial growth, associated with the destruction of food, can sometimes give a yellowish color to the tongue. This is usually accompanied by bad breath. To limit the installation of germs on the tongue, quality oral hygiene is essential. When brushing teeth, the tongue must not be forgotten.