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will chewing tobacco really give you a hairy tongue? will hair actually grow?

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Dr. Michael Sparacino
Family Medicine 37 years experience
No: No. But it could get sore.
Dr. Gary Sandler
Dentistry 54 years experience
May contribute to: Smoking or chewing tobacco & poor oral hygiene may contribute to the formation of a black hairy tongue. Hair does not actually grow on your tongue but gives that appearance to some degree as the filiform papillae of your tongue elongate . The use of a tongue blade daily may prevent, eliminate or control this issue. Chewing tobacco can also cause cancer which is more serious!

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