Prevalence of TMD and PTSD symptoms in a military sample

Maj Robert J. Vanecek, Col Gerald W. Talcott, Capt Anna Tabor, Donald D. McGeary, Col Maureen Lang, Richard Ohrbach

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This study examines the relationship between deployment, symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and symptoms of temporomandibular disorder (TMD) in an active duty sample. Five hundred twenty-two members provided screening information in conjunction with annual dental exams. Persons screening positive for one condition (either PTSD or TMD) are significantly more likely (odds ratio [OR]=4.63 [95% confidence interval=1.56-13.73]) to screen positive for the other condition. Deployment exposure did not predict screening status for either conditions. Females were more likely to screen positive for TMD than were males (OR=3.6). Symptoms of PTSD and TMD were highly related in this sample, but neither related to deployment history.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)121-137
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Applied Biobehavioral Research
Issue number3-4
StatePublished - Dec 2011

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)


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