Improving oral hygiene in patients after stroke

Marian C. Brady*, Denise L.C. Furlanetto, Romana V. Hunter, Steff C. Lewis, Vikki Milne

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Oral care can be a challenging task for those who have impairments as a consequence of stroke. Physical weakness, lack of coordination and the cognitive problems that can accompany a stroke may prevent a person from maintaining good oral hygiene on their own. Dry mouth, oral ulcers and stomatitis may be caused by medication, which further impact on oral health.1 Many stroke patients rely on nursing staff for assistance with oral hygiene, yet oral care is not perceived as a care priority,2 and there are few training or care policies in place.3 Evidence-based supported oral care intervention is essential for this patient group. As in other aspects of poststroke care, rehabilitation goals that aim to maintain or regain independent oral care skills would be appropriate in the stroke care setting. However, there is a dearth of evidence underpinning staff-led oral care practice. This systematic review aims to assess the effectiveness of staff-led oral care interventions, as compared with standard care for ensuring oral hygiene for individuals after a stroke.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1115-1116
Number of pages2
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2007


  • Health care
  • Nursing
  • Oral care
  • Rehabilitation
  • Stroke

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Advanced and Specialised Nursing


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