Oral Health and the Stroke Survivor

Publication ID Published Volume
9315 January 18, 2013 9


The authors have produced both a narrated PowerPoint with embedded video clips as well as a non-narrated power point presentation which will provide a review of the numerous effects a cerebrovascular accident can have on the oral cavity. Common oral hygiene practices of nursing staff that are inadequate and may be detrimental to oral health are explained and therapeutic alternatives are presented and demonstrated. The effects of poor oral hygiene on overall systemic health are outlined along with an oral hygiene regimen and demonstration for long-term care patients and those affected by stroke. Therapeutic oral products that enhance the oral health of long-term care patients and those affected by stroke along with procedures for their use are also explained and presented in the video. The presentation and video will prepare a non-dental professional to provide routine oral care. Lastly, ways that dental, medical and nursing professionals can be influential in changing the standard of care for long-term care patients are suggested.

The module can be used in any of the following manners:

  • Self-instruction: Learner can view the presentation in "Articulate" with the capability to navigate to specific slides or videos. The presentation and/or the reading assignment can be followed by completion of the ten self-assessment questions. The presentation can be placed online or on CD for use.
  • Classroom: The presentation in "Articulate" or the non-narrated power point presentation could be used as part of a lecture on oral health for stroke survivors with the assessment questions used as review or as part of an exam. The power point has speaker notes included for use in “presenter mode”. A separate Word document with the speaker notes is provided also.


Morris D, Sadowsky J. Oral health and the stroke survivor. MedEdPORTAL Publications. 2013;9:9315. http://doi.org/10.15766/mep_2374-8265.9315

Contains Information Suitable for Patient Education

Educational Objectives

  1. To analyze the effects of a cerebrovascular accident on the oral cavity.
  2. To evaluate the effects of poor oral hygiene on overall systemic health.
  3. To assess oral hygiene teaching and common practices of nursing staff in the provision of oral care and eliminate procedures that are inadequate and may be detrimental to oral health.
  4. To be able to recommend an oral hygiene regimen for long-term care patients and those affected by stroke.
  5. To evaluate oral products that enhance the oral health of long-term care patients and those affected by stroke.
  6. To analyze ways that dental, medical and nursing professionals can be influential in changing the standard of care for long-term care patients.


  • Stroke, Cerebrovascular Accident, Building Oral Health Capacity (BOHC) Collection


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