Stephen J.LurieMD, PhD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthor
To the Editor: Dr Hujoel and colleagues1 analyzed the First National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) I to assess the relationship between periodontal disease (PD) and coronary heart disease (CHD) and concluded that their study provided "convincing evidence regarding the absence of a moderate-to-large association . . ." between these 2 diseases. We believe that their conclusion about the lack of an association between PD and CHD is premature and unsubstantiated.
Genco RJ, Trevisan M, Wu T, Beck JD. Periodontal Disease and Risk of Coronary Heart Disease. JAMA. 2001;285(1):40-41. doi:10.1001/jama.285.1.39