Does chewing tobacco increase the risk of gum recession?

Studies have shown that chewing tobacco, or smokeless tobacco, can lead to gum recession. Smokeless tobacco can cause your gums to pull away from the teeth and increase the loss of bone and fibers that hold your teeth in place.

Smoking, either by chewing tobacco or cigarettes, may be responsible for almost 75% of periodontal diseases among adults. Tobacco products damage your gum tissue by affecting the attachment of bone and soft tissue to your teeth. An example of the effect is receding gums. A receding gum line exposes the tooth roots and increases your risk of developing a sensitivity to hot and cold, or tooth decay in these unprotected areas.

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