The importance of oral care during rehabilitation stage for stroke survivors

The importance of oral care during rehabilitation stage for stroke survivors. Malaysian Journal of Medicine and Health Sciences, 16 (1). p. 332. ISSN 2636-9346 (In Press) (2020)


Physical limitations and cognitive impairment, are common consequences following stroke and have influences their ability to perform daily activities. Dysphagia, loss of oral sensation and oral motor functions have caused retention of foods and saliva in the oral cavity. The natural oral clearance mechanism is also impaired. As a result, stroke survivors will have poor oral hygiene. A study in Malaysia showed that among stroke survivors, the dental plaque scores were high, and their oral health conditions improved with oral hygiene interventions. Lack of awareness and provision of oral care during the rehabilitation stage, oral health may worsen. Poor oral health may lead to local and systemic complications such as a toothache, periodontal disease and aspiration pneumonia. These complications may increase burden to the survivors, caregivers and community.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Rehabilitation Medicine, Stroke, Oral hygiene, Oral cavity, Dental plaque
Taxonomy: By Subject > Medicine > Dentistry, Oral Surgery
By Subject > Medicine > Nervous System
Agencies of Resources: Higher Institution > Public University > Universiti Putra Malaysia > UPM-MTDC Technology Center | JTS & JSSH Only | UPM/TNCPI/UPM-JD/LibraryUiTM - 16/11/2018
Local Content Hub: Subjects > Medicine
Depositing User: Adi Azri Mohamad (Sg. Buloh)
Date Deposited: 22 Oct 2021 09:48
Last Modified: 22 Oct 2021 09:48
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