Last weekend, our 6 year old son came to me crying over a tooth ache. I treated the best I could using Ibuprofen and Orajel, and called our dentist the first thing Monday morning. They worked him in that afternoon, and we found that he had 8 cavities, two which were really bad, and one definite abscessed tooth, with another one possible. When I asked what had caused this, he replied it was due to the antihistamine use because antihistamines dry everything up, including saliva, which causes an attack on your teeth. Our small town dentist was unable to do anything but put him on antibiotics and refer him to a dentist in a bigger town. Our son was in a lot of pain while we waited for out appointment date, but it seemed the antibiotics were helping, although he was still waking up every night in pain. The day of the consultation with the other dentist came, and it was a relief because when our son woke up that day his cheek was swollen. We made the 2 hour drive, completely unaware of the hell storm we were about to be thrown into.
The new dentist came in, took more x-rays since our dentist's office didn't send them, and then started examining our son. It turns out that there were a few factors happening. Our children brush their teeth 2 times a day, morning and night, so brushing as he said was not the cause. He said that our son was a mouth breather, also we had moved last year to a place outside of town, and we were on a well, which has no fluoride in it. This past year was also the first time that I declined the fluoride treatments, because it harms the thyroid, and thyroid problems run very strong in our family, with our 9 year old already on hypo meds. This made our son's teeth vulnerable, but when the antihistamines were added in, it created a constant attack on his teeth that no one knew about. He told us that we were in a perfect storm and we needed to brace ourselves. Of course just with hearing that, my heart dropped, but then he pulled up our son's x-rays he proceeded to show us how the biggest cavity on our son's top tooth had gone all the way breaking into the roots. The infection was spreading rapidly, and this cavityhad allowed the infection into the blood stream and our son was on the verge of being septic, his cheek swelling was due to the infection festering in his cheek, and if we did not pull the tooth today it was only a matter of a day or two before our son would be admitted into the hospital fighting for his life. He said he new it was a lot of information to take in, and that he didn't mind if we wanted to get a second opinion since we had never met him before, but that if we did, our son would be placed on I.V antibiotics before he allowed us to leave to try and buy sometime before he went septic.
While giving our son Benadryl I hear my husband yell my name over everyone else's talking and then yell our daughter's
name, so I look over just in time to see our daughter slumped against the wall, white as a ghost, no color in her face or lips, and little unsteady on her feet. I yelled at him that she was trying to pass out, so he grabbed her, getting her down with her head between her knees (she saw the pack they had put in our son's mouth and that it was bloody). When she was no longer trying to pass out, she decided to try and get sick everywhere. My husband rushes her to the bathroom, where she slumped against the stall wall, and sat there for about 10 minutes enjoying to cool. Meanwhile the dentist and staff put our son and I in a room, and hooked up machines to monitor his bp, oxygen levels, and heart rate. Due to the events the dentist told us the remaining work that needs to be done will be done in an OR under general anestesia, with Dr.'s watching him
very very closely. The allergist is now involved, and will get a game plan going for the dentist, and anesthesiologist to follow, and start preventative measures a few days before the OR trip in January.
I can say that the situation with our daughter now gives me the giggles, she is very protective over her baby brother, and I am so relieved that our son is immensely better. The swelling in his cheek is going away, he is able to sleep all night, and is not in pain any longer, although he is still on antibiotics. It just goes to show that there are damages that can happen in areas you are not expecting due to the antihistamines. The kids now do a fluoride rinse morning and night, and instead of swishing some water after their meds are given, they fully brush their teeth. We have also been instructed to let them chew sugar free gum when they want as that will produce some saliva, and I am looking into oil pulling since it is supposed to be great for teeth and dry mouth, but need to discuss that with the Dr. first. We can't stop the full attack on the teeth, but can do things to make it a lot less. We will also be putting sealants on all adult teeth, as they come in. I will also be asking if we can do it on the baby teeth. I have changed my mind on the fluoride treatments as well. I would rather deal with thyroid problems, than have one of our children on the verge of sepsis again or worse.