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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
  • Drooling
  • 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.
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