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Gerodontology. 2010 Sep;27(3):178-82. doi: 10.1111/j.1741-2358.2009.00322.x.

A study on oral rehabilitation in stroke patients: analysis of a group of 33 patients.

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Department of Odontostomatology and Surgery, School of Dentistry, University of Bari, Bari, Italy. m.corsalini@doc.uniba.it

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Stroke is the third leading cause of death in the world after cardiovascular disease and cancer. This study aimed to investigate the oro-dental status and removable denture conditions in stroke survivors.

METHODS:

At the Department of Vascular Disease of the Neurological Clinic of the Polyclinic Hospital of Bari, from January 2003 to May 2008, 189 consecutive patients were examined who had had a stroke, to select removable denture wearers. The oro-dental examination was performed in a period between 12 and 60 months after the stroke and among these 189 patients, 60 were wearing a removable denture, but only 33 participated in our research. All the patients gave written informed consent.

RESULTS:

It was observed that in 42.4%, removable dentures needed to be remade, in 27.3%, they needed to be rebased and in 30.3%, they were adequate.

CONCLUSION:

The role of oral health providers is fundamental in order to maintain good oral health and to avoid oral diseases in stroke patients. They should, indeed, monitor these patients with a regular follow-up after 1 month and every 3-4 months.

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