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    Diabetic with excessive plaque in saliva. Is It real?

    My mum is a diabetic and has been complaining for the last year about excessive plaque on her teeth and gums, no matter how much she cleans she feels it. To her, the plaque feels at times grainy and at times frothy. In addition, she has had a fine sandpaper-like rash on her arms during the same period.

    Five weeks ago she had a stroke and she is fixated more than ever now on feeling excessive plaque to the point of gagging, vomiting, and constant spitting to expel the plaque. All of the doctors/dentists do not see excessive plaque when examining her mouth. This feeling is causing heightened anxiety and mental fixation during this important time of recovery and repair for stroke.

    Theories are - excess sugars in saliva, gingivitis, allergy to medication, rash on the tongue, nerve damage.

    She is on metformin, semaglutide, fluticasone/salmeterol inhaler, amlodipine, gliclazide, bisoprolol, perindopril, pravastatin.

    We are unsure what to do to help her. Any advice?

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