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Does using smokeless tobacco cause gums to become purple?

I have been using smokeless tabacco pouches on and off for 2-3 years and i recently brushed my terth to find my gums "torn up" where some of the infected areas are of a somewhat purple color. Honestly I have not been regularly brushing my teeth and am wondering if the tabacco is making my gums purplish or if its my lack of dental hygiene.
Mon, 13 Oct 2014
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Tobacco causes pigmentation known as smokers melanosis. Hyperpigmentation in your case can be considered a physiological process, as you have not mentioned any other symptoms. But my advice to you is to get it clinically examined.
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