Twerked Tongue: How not to get the Miley Cyrus mouth

Recently at the MTV VMAs, Miley Cyrus showed the world her tongue. And it was not pretty.

Cher told USA Today: “She [Miley] can’t dance, her body looked like hell, the song wasn’t great, one cheek was hanging out…And, chick, don’t stick out your tongue if it’s coated.”

A coated tongue is not sexy, no matter how hard you wave your foam rubber finger.

According to the Mayo Clinic:

A coated white tongue is the result of inflammation of the finger-like projections (papillae) on the surface of your tongue. The appearance of a white coating is caused by debris, bacteria and dead cells getting lodged between the inflamed papillae.

Causes include:

  • Dehydration    
  • Dry mouth    
  • Excessive alcohol use    
  • Fever    
  • Smoking


Conditions associated with white patches or other discolorations of your tongue include:

  • Certain medications    
  • Geographic tongue (a condition that gives your tongue a map-like appearance)    
  • Leukoplakia (may be precancerous)    
  • Oral lichen planus (a chronic, autoimmune disorder)    
  • Oral thrush (a yeast infection, also known as candidiasis)    
  • Syphilis (a bacterial infection usually spread by sexual contact)

Cyrus has received a bit of grief for her now infamous VMA performance, where she twerked up against Robin Thicke with that gnarly tongue.

“Honestly, that was our MTV version,” she tells Rolling Stone in a new interview. “We could have even gone further, but we didn’t. I thought that’s what the VMAs were all about! It’s not the Grammys or the Oscars. You’re not supposed to show up in a gown, Vanna White-style. It’s supposed to be fun!”

Oral hygiene company Supersmile – created by Dr. Irwin Smigel, World-Renowned Father of Aesthetic Dentistry – has delivered to us what we affectionately call the anti-Twerk mouth game plan:

To combat this coated tongue look, invest in the following:

Supersmile Tongue cleaner

The most useful tool for daily tongue scraping. Using patented ripple edge Tongue Cleaner once a day eliminates the harmful bacteria and plaque that are the cause of over 85% of bad breath.

Eliminates the bacteria that cause bad breath and gum line cavities.  Aids in the prevention of gum disease

Supersmile Super Whitening Toothpaste Effective Whitening Formula for Brighter Teeth

Keep teeth brighter and stronger with Supersmile Professional Whitening Toothpaste. This effective toothpaste lifts surface stains above and below the enamel without abrasives. Developed specifically for artificial tooth surfaces like bondings, veneer, caps, crowns, dentures, professionally bleached teeth and braces, this toothpaste is known to fight against cavities, strengthens teeth, prevents gum problems and freshens breath. It enhances the vibrancy and maintains original whiteness of such artificial tooth surfaces.

This 4-in-1 toothpaste brightens and strengthens teeth and protects from bad breath with its refreshing flavor for a long time.

Supersmile Professional Whitening Gum

Safe and effective Supersmile Professional Whitening Gum is a delicious all-natural chewing gum that whitens your teeth and freshens your breath.  It contains Xylitol® ~ the natural cavity inhibitor preferred by dental professionals.

All natural Sugar-free Supersmile Professional Whitening Gum with Calprox® quickly and effectively whitens teeth, freshens breath, promotes healthier gums and removes superficial surface stains with every use.  And Supersmile Professional Whitening Gum is sweetened with Xylitol® the natural cavity inhibitor preferred by dental professionals.

Supersmile Whitening Floss

Crucial for oral health. Impregnated with both Calprox®, for whitening and cleaning the critical—but difficult to reach—areas between teeth, as well as with baking soda for fresh breath and healthy gums. Supersmile Whitening Floss effectively removes stubborn stains between teeth and plaque and bacteria from beneath the gum-line.

Supersmile Single Dose Powdered Mouthwash

Our favorite on the go cleaner. Simply add water to a packet and rinse. No alcohol or sugar. 60 individual packets (1.7g each).

Supersmile powdered mouthrinse can be used anytime, anywhere whenever it is not convenient to brush. Whitens:  Removes extrinsic (surface) stains such as coffee, tea, tobacco, red wine and chocolate.  Sodium Bicarbonate provides long-lasting germicidal protection for fresher breath. Use anywhere, anytime for whiter teeth and fresher breath.  Perfect for air travel.

All Supersmile items are proudly Made in USA

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