Periodontitis and atherosclerotic vascular disease: What we know and why it is important
A recent scientific statement by the American Heart Association titled "Periodontal Disease and Atherosclerotic Vascular Disease: Does the Evidence Support an Independent Association?" has stimulated a wave of media attention on this important subject. Unfortunately, a misleading press release that has since been corrected and re-issued resulted in dissemination of inaccurate information in the print and electronic media and has generated more confusion about a topic that needed clarity.
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