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Can smoking while pregnant cause problems with the baby's oral health?

Pregnant women who smoke may significantly increase the risk of oral health defects in their unborn child. Among these defects are cleft lip or palate. It is thought that smoking causes birth defects by interfering with a baby's DNA and development. This risk is increased if the child lacks a certain gene known to help detoxify cigarette smoke.

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