Have you or your kids/teens seen the latest TikTok trending videos, also known as #frozenhoney? The idea is pretty self-explanatory and features app users getting as much honey as they can into a plastic bottle, freezing it, and then eating it.
This article features dentists who feel the same way our Woodlands dentists do about this not-so-sweet idea because of the adverse or negative impact it could potentially have on your oral and even your overall health. We’re not anti-honey, but as your trusted dental friends, we’d like to help you enjoy a tasty treat like this in a way that’s safe.
First, Some Deliciously Good News
Before we tell you about the risks involved with #frozenhoney, let’s focus on the positive aspects of what we’ve got here. If you want to enjoy some fresh, local Woodlands honey, then we encourage you and your family to do so — and enjoy it! Like the other dentists mentioned in this article, your Woodlands dentists would recommend that you wait about a half-hour post-honey before you brush your teeth. Why? Because sugar is very good at softening our tooth enamel. When you brush too soon, you could do more harm than good.
What’s the Big Deal?
You might be wondering if it’s a big deal if you throw some honey in the freezer and enjoy it in its more solid state. In the sense of your teeth, it IS a big deal. Any dentist can tell you that by playing along with this trend, there’s a chance you could:
- Disrupt or damage any previous dental work
- Break or chip a tooth if the honey is hard as a rock
- Leave teeth more vulnerable to cavities and decay
It’s better to make sure your experimental honey is more on the softer side rather than frozen solid like ice.
The bottom line about freezing honey is this: If you’re a patient prone to gum issues or at a greater risk of developing cavities, avoiding this trend altogether might be better. And the most important thing to remember is to brush your teeth, especially if you’ve been exposed to large amounts of sugary treats.
Do you need to schedule an appointment at one of our five-star dental offices in The Woodlands? Contact any of us to learn more about what we offer, ask questions, and get scheduled for an appointment!
Dr. Robert Dernick (General, Cosmetic, Implant Dentistry, and TMJ)
Dr. Mike Freeman (General, Cosmetic, Implant, Sleep Apnea, and TMJ)
Dr. Alisa Reed (General, Cosmetic, Implant, Laser, Sleep Apnea, and TMJ)
Dr. Wade Williams (Orthodontics)
Dr. Nikita Vakil (General, Cosmetic, Implant Dentistry)
Dr. Leslie Blackburn (Pediatric Dentistry)