When Miley Cyrus decided to combine sticking out her tongue with twerking, she was motivated by the desire for fame and fortune. However, some health experts have scrutinized that now-famous tongue and have warnings for Miley: Her coated tongue could be symptomatic of a bad diet and health problems, reported Slate magazine on October 14.
Actually Cher deserves credit for being the first observer to comment on Miley's coated tongue, advising, "Chick, don't stick out your tongue if it's coated."
However, dentists told Slate magazine that Miley's white tongue could result from excess alcohol, drugs or an eating disorder.
Robert Mantoni, a DDS in the Washington, D.C., area, commented: "Looking at the white color on the top of the tongue, and knowing her wild lifestyle, I would start thinking alcohol, drugs, or maybe bulimia, since all those things can compromise the immune system and inflame the papillae. Alcohol in particular is such an irritant to the mouth.”
And Shabir Daya, a health expert, told the Daily Mail: "Your tongue is a window into what's happening in your body; color, coating and cracks are all indicators of the state of your health."
Miley's coated pale tongue could reveal that she is lacking in iron. She may need to improve her diet by choosing foods high in iron such as lean meat or taking an iron supplement, according to the Daily Mail's health experts.
Alternatively, her coated tongue could "indicate candidiasis or oral thrush, which is a fungus," Dr Uchenna Okoye told the Daily Mail.
Another way of interpreting that pale tongue: Miley's overdoing it and lacks energy, says a Chinese herbalist. She could treat it with warming herbs such as ginger, garlic and cinnamon.
From a dental perspective, Dr. Mantoni wants Miley to show off her ability to poke out her tongue in a dentist's office.
His advice to the woman famed for freaking: "The first thing is not to freak out. I’ve seen this many times, much worse, and it’s usually very, very benign. You can get it to resolve with warm salt water rinses and sometimes peroxide cleanses. Or you might just need to switch toothpastes to something blander. I’d recommend she buy a tongue scraper or gently brush her tongue as well. In short, eliminate potential causes and practice more aggressive hygiene. And then come back in two weeks to make sure everything’s cleared up.”