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Does cigarette smoking increase the risk of gum recession?

Cigarette smoking increases your risk of developing gum disease. Studies reveal that cigarette smoking is one of the major factors in the development and progression of periodontal disease. Also, when smokers undergo oral procedures, their healing process can be slowed down by the chemicals in tobacco.

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