Something we don’t talk about a whole lot is how the roofs of our mouths feel. So, if you have a hard bump there, you may be living under the false impression that everyone does. Why wouldn’t they?
When you run your tongue along the roof of your mouth (do it now, I’ll wait) does it feel smooth or do you have a bump?
The reason this is coming up now is because TikTok user @zoekwee brought it up. She was recently enlightened to the fact that she is one of few people who has a bump there.
Not only does Zoekwee have a rare bump in her mouth, she now has approximately 98,000 TikTok users running their tongues over their mouth-roofs feeling for lumps and bumps, and giving many of us our next conversation openings to use at cocktail parties.
It’s called torus palatinus and it is not a tumor (read that in Arnold Schwarzenegger’s voice, please and thank you).
Located on the hard palate, it’s a bony growth and completely harmless. Only 20 to 30% of the population can boast of having one.
Interestingly, it’s mostly found in women and those of Asian descent.
It can also be genetic.
If you’ve been searching for your place in this big world and you have this bump, you can sleep now knowing you are unique in a totally harmless, yet interesting way. Mouth bump for the win!
Now for the research part of our article. Do you have a bump on the hard palate of your mouth? Let us know in the comments.
It’s for science!