Objectives : The purpose of the study is to investigate the effect of the oral hygiene careprogram in stroke patients.
Methods : The subjects were 62 stroke patients of rehabilitation department in YoungnamUniversity Hospital in Daegu. The study was carried out from January, 2010 to October, 2010.
Intervention group was 35 and the control group was 31 patients. Tooth brushing instruction,oral health education and scaling were implemented in all patients at baseline. This programwas conducted 5 times during hospitalization in intervention group.
Results : In the intervention group, the mean age was 59.2 years, and women accountedfor 66.7% and the control group consisted of 72.4% of women and mean age was 58.5 years.
The average of the number of permanent teeth with experience of dental caries, the values ofdental calculus index, plaque index, bleeding index and tooth mobility were 11.88, 11.79, 9.91,3.16 and 1.16, respectively. The control group showed 10.21, 11.79, 9.91, 3.16 and 1.16,respectively. The proportion of subjects whose CPI was higher than 3 accounted for 97%, andthe O'Leary index score was 38.6 in the intervention grou. The control group showed 100%and 38.79.
Conclusions : Oral condition improved significantly in the intervention group in the thirdsession. These findings may provide essential information for oral health program planning andimplementation.