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"Turn toward me and open."
The small mirror was inserted into the opening provided. "You have orange teeth!" she exclaimed in amazement.
"I oo?" as a small metal instrument slides in beside the mirror.
"You have orange teeth! she exclaims again. Scrape, scrape on the tooth. "You have orange teeth...and it doesn't come off! Squirt, rinse, suction.
"I eat a pound of carrots at work."
"A pound? Is that all you eat?"
"No, that's for breaks and lunch."
The dentist greets me as she's finishing up the scraping process and I say, "What's up, Doc?" with my standard Vulcan hand wave as she says, "He has orange teeth!"
He pulls up a chair and looks. She tells him, "they're the back molars."
"They're orange! He has orange teeth!" he's surprised.
"You didn't believe me." she says. "He eats a pound of carrots every day."
"A pound? That's a lot of Beta Carotene. Can you have too much Beta Carotene?"

That's my question to you, Drs. LJ. Can you eat too much Beta Carotene? Yes, carrots are good for me but are too many carrots not so good for me?

And, in case you are wondering, they won't be able to write me up in the dental journals. The orange came off with the polishing.

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mindyklasky
Mar. 4th, 2010 02:37 am (UTC)
Most sources say you can't overdose with dietary beta carotene; you can only overdose by using supplements. Supplement-caused overdose can result in diarrhea or coloration of the skin (especially the palms and soles of the feet.) Some studies show that overdose increases the risk of heart disease. Excessive beta carotene might result in insufficient lutein, which is implicated in vision health. Beta carotene might conflict with the absorption of certain drugs - if you're on prescribed pharmaceuticals, your doctor should know how much beta carotene you consume, so that proper drug levels can be determined.
katsurian
Mar. 4th, 2010 03:33 am (UTC)
Oh wow, I guess I better talk to my eye doctor. I thought carrots were good for my vision! I believe I'm only one or two steps from bifocals and I'm trying to avoid those.
Thanks, Mindy. :)
mindyklasky
Mar. 4th, 2010 03:43 am (UTC)
The way my optometrist explained it to me is that both beta carotene and lutein are carotenoids, and our eyes want both of those. Too much of one, though, doesn't leave enough "room" for the other. The lutein piece of the puzzle is relatively new - studies came out about three years ago...
katsurian
Mar. 4th, 2010 04:18 am (UTC)
Interesting. It looks like I need to rename myself Popeye and start eating my spinach!
thirzajane
Mar. 4th, 2010 06:13 am (UTC)
Hee hee. Orange teeth! What a disappointment that the colour scrubbed off.
katsurian
Mar. 5th, 2010 02:37 pm (UTC)
That would be a definite clue that I'm eating way too many carrots! :)
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katsurian
Mar. 5th, 2010 02:39 pm (UTC)
Carrot juice for tye-dye t-shirts? The new orange dye? and just in time for Easter Eggs! :D
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katsurian
Mar. 5th, 2010 03:06 pm (UTC)
How do you skin an egg? Do you then crush the skin to powder? What do you use to get the different colors to mix with the skin to dye the eggs?
We've always just bought dye packs and dipped boiled eggs into it. Or is that what you do and I'm just being too literal again?
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katsurian
Mar. 5th, 2010 04:56 pm (UTC)
Ah-ha! That makes sense. Different kinds of onions - White, yellow, red, etc. WAIT A MINUTE, can you dye an egg white? and if you can, how could you tell it was dyed? :D
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katsurian
Mar. 5th, 2010 08:41 pm (UTC)
Kind of an old ivory color.
Wow, those are nice. I especially like the patterned ones :) That red maple leaf is fantastic!
sillyliss
Mar. 4th, 2010 02:47 pm (UTC)
I think you should concentrate on chewing with your front teeth from now on. I would like to see a picture of katsurian with completely orange fangs.
katsurian
Mar. 5th, 2010 02:41 pm (UTC)
haha
zebulen
Mar. 4th, 2010 03:06 pm (UTC)
Haha. You never want to hear the dentist say to his colleagues, "Take a look at this!"

That's interesting. I would have expected the orange pigment to turn up in your skin color. Then you would have a Coppertone tan.
katsurian
Mar. 5th, 2010 02:46 pm (UTC)
For sure!

Yes, the palms and soles turn orange. If I ever turn the same color as those people who use the tanning beds too much, I will definitely put the carrots away.
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