OBJECTIVE: To study qantitatively in the taste and fungiform papillae on the anterior human tongue. METHODS: Sixty normal adults were evaluated the spatial taste and the fungiform papilla density at spatially-matched sides on the right and left sides of the anterior tongue. The taste stimulative solutions were delivered to a spatially-matched flow chamber attached to the surface of the right or left anterior tongue. RESULTS: (1) There is no statistical difference in number of the fungiform papillae, taste threshold and magnitude matching between right/left, male/female and races; (2) There is a significant difference in fungiform papilla density and taste functions in different individuals; (3) The fungiform papilla density is the key to taste function on 2/3 anterior of tongue, and is positively correlated to it; (4) The use of a spatially-matched flow chamber is a valid test system for overall, objective and accurate evaluating taste on the 2/3 anterior of tongue, and can be used to study quantitatively the fungiform papilla density. CONCLUSION: It is of clinical significance for the diagnosis of taste diseases and the dynamic studies of the taste and the fungiform papillae after lingual nerve injury and repair.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||3|
|Journal||Zhonghua kou qiang yi xue za zhi = Zhonghua kouqiang yixue zazhi = Chinese journal of stomatology|
|State||Published - May 1998|
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