Monday, May 17, 2010

Can eating sunflower seeds in the shell damage your teeth?

I'm pondering this as I sit here eating a handful of sunflower seeds and cracking them open with my teeth.

Can eating sunflower seeds in the shell damage your teeth?
with time it'll cause abrasion, that is tooth loss due to a foreign object. If you crack the shells open in the same place, between the same 2 teeth than u r wearing away the enamel in that particular area. You'll end up with a ditch on the edges of ur teeth. However, this will only happen after a long time, and if you eat too much of it.
Reply:Well, I never got a problem with this end of my digestive system! And I also eat the whole shell (yes I know it hurts), and still got perfect teeth! And if we follow the moh scale we should only be concerned unless we only eat those for a few months in a row (abrasion)!!
Reply:There's a special technique for eating sunflower seeds and, like most kids, I spent hours perfecting it. I'd stockpile a few salted unshelled seeds in one cheek like a squirrel, release them one at a time to crack their fragile armor with my front teeth, extract the kernels and manipulate the empty shells with my tongue to my other cheek for storage. I ate them until my tongue burned from the salt and my throat was parched, but I couldn't get enough and if you get Vitamin A (Beta-Carotene): Found in fish and liver, green and yellow fruits and vegetables, Apricots, asparagus, beets, broccoli, butter, cantaloupe, carrots, cheese, garlic, green olives, milk products, mustard (fresh), papaya, parsley, peaches, prunes, red peppers, sweet potatoes, spinach, sweet potatoes, pumpkin and watercress.


Bones, eyes, hair, immune system, skin, soft tissues and teeth.


Acne, allergies, loss of appetite, blindness, colds, dry hair, eye sties, fatigue, insomnia, impaired growth, itching and burning eyes, loss of smell, night blindness, dry skin, sinus trouble, steroid synthesis reduction; Decreased immune system function, cancer susceptibility. (Vitamin A is essential for bones and teeth and protects against cold and flu.) My doctor Said if you get Vitamin A your teeth will be fine
Reply:yes, it's hard on your teeth. it potentially deepens the grooves of your molars, making them even more cavity-prone. best not to make a habit of cracking sunflower seeds with your teeth... *tear*
Reply:i hope not

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