A stroke victim may not be able to control muscles that affect the right, left or both sides of the body, including the mouth and tongue.
- Difficulty with speech, chewing and swallowing
- Food collecting on the inside of the cheeks Choking
- Food and liquids leaking from the mouth
- Poorly fitting or functioning dentures
- Greater risk of gum disease and tooth decay
Dry mouth and dry/cracked lips
- Clear the mouth of food as food and bacteria that stay in the mouth can lead to infection.
- Brush teeth twice a day. (Add a tennis ball or bicycle grip to the toothbrush if necessary.)
- If swallowing is difficult, do not use toothpaste while brushing.
- Check the mouth for sores or white patches; if found a dental exam is indicated.
- Simplify all daily oral care tasks, such as using an electric toothbrush.
- Use dry mouth products recommended by your dentist or pharmacist.
- Clean debris from the mouth by wiping with a soft, moist cloth or gauze to prevent infections and help dry, cracked lips.
- Use a water-based lip moisturizer.
Schedule regular dental exams and cleanings.
- Remove dentures during rest periods; soak dentures in water overnight with a cleaning tablet.
- Every time dentures are removed, clean and brush them with a denture brush.
- Dentures should always be labeled with the residentts name; your dentist can help.