OBJECTIVES:This study aimed (1) to determine the prevalence of anxiety, depression, and TMJ osseous changes in elderly Vietnamese according to sex and residence, and (2) to investigate the association of temporomandibular joint (TMJ) osseous changes with anxiety, depression, and limitation of mandibular function. METHODS:Elderly people living in Danang, Vietnam were recruited. Participants were screened for anxiety and depression using the self-reported 7-item Generalized Anxiety Disorder Scale (GAD-7) and 9-item Patient Health Questionnaire (PHQ-9), respectively. Participants then self-rated the limitation of their mandibular function using the 20-item Jaw Functional Limitation Scale (JFLS-20) questionnaire. TMJ osseous changes (erosion, flattening, osteophytes, and sclerosis) were evaluated using digital orthopantomography. RESULTS:Of 179 participants aged 65 to 74 years, 17.9% and 35.8% had anxiety and depression symptoms, respectively. Compared with urban residents, rural residents had higher prevalence of anxiety (23.3% vs 12.4%, p = 0.009) and depression (46.62% vs 24.7%, p = 0.019). The prevalence of TMJ osseous changes was 58.1%. The most common TMJ osseous change was flattening (41.3%), followed by erosion (34.6%), sclerosis (16.2%), and osteophytes (7.8%). Participants with or without TMJ osseous changes were comparable in terms of GAD-7 score, PHQ-9 score, and JFLS-20 score and sub-scores. CONCLUSIONS:Anxiety and depression and TMJ osseous changes were prevalent in elderly Vietnamese. Rural residents had higher prevalence of anxiety and depression than urban residents. TMJ osseous changes were not associated with anxiety, depression, or limitation of mandibular function.