Did you know that stroke is Australia’s biggest killer* next to coronary heart disease? Stroke is also a leading cause of disability amongst adults. It also has an impact on the oral health of stroke survivors.
As stroke survivors undergo rehabilitation, their oral health should be a part of their overall care program. Stroke survivors often find themselves less capable of carrying out daily tasks. This can be due to muscle weakness, loss of dexterity or a change in hand dominance. The physical effects of a stroke may include facial paralysis and loss of sensation in the mouth, which makes cleaning the teeth even more challenging. The oral health of stroke survivors may be at risk.
We recommend this guideline by the British Society of Gerodontology as a very helpful resource for someone who has a loved one who has suffered from stroke.
*According to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, 2013