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Prevalence of troublesome symptoms related to temporomandibular disorders and awareness of bruxism in 65- and 75-year-old subjects
Department of Oral Public Health, Malmö University, Malmö, Sweden; Post Graduate Dental Education Centre, Örebro County Council, Örebro, Sweden .
Department of Clinical Dentistry - Prosthodontics, Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, University of Bergen, Bergen, Norway.
Department of Dentistry, Örebro County Council, Örebro, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-8969-1650
Department of Oral Public Health, Malmö University, Malmö, Sweden; Dental Commissioning Unit, Östergötland County Council, Sweden.
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2012 (English)In: Gerodontology, ISSN 0734-0664, E-ISSN 1741-2358, Vol. 29, no 2, p. e772-e779Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

OBJECTIVE: To assess the prevalence of three troublesome temporomandibular disorder (TMD) symptoms and awareness of bruxism in two cohorts of subjects aged 65 and 75 years.

BACKGROUND: Epidemiological studies have demonstrated varying prevalence of TMD symptoms. The results concerning elderly people are inconclusive.

MATERIAL AND METHODS: In 2007 identical questionnaires were sent to all subjects born in 1942 and 1932 living in two Swedish counties. The response rate was 73.1% for the 65- and 71.9% for the 75-year-old subjects, totally 9093 subjects.

RESULTS: The great majority reported no or only a few TMD problems. Less than 4% considered their TMD symptoms to be rather great or severe. The mean prevalence of TMD-related symptoms and bruxism was greater in women than in men in both age groups. The 75-year-old women reported a marked lower prevalence of TMD symptoms and bruxism than the 65-year-old women, whereas the age differences were small among the men. Self-reported bruxism was associated with a higher prevalence of TMD symptoms.

CONCLUSIONS: The great majority of the subjects did not report any troublesome TMD related symptoms. However, 5.4% of the 65-year-old women and 3.8% of the 75-year-old women considered their symptoms severe or rather severe.

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2012. Vol. 29, no 2, p. e772-e779
Keywords [en]
cross-sectional study; elderly; epidemiology; orofacial pain; questionnaire
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-42281DOI: 10.1111/j.1741-2358.2011.00558.xISI: 000308547000110PubMedID: 21916958Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84861623454OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-42281DiVA, id: diva2:784625
Available from: 2015-01-30 Created: 2015-01-30 Last updated: 2018-05-14Bibliographically approved

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