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How Much Do Gums Recede as We Age?



Posted on 4/20/2020 by Hilton Israelson, DDS
How Much Do Gums Recede as We Age? If you look at the gum tissue in elderly people, you will frequently note that their teeth appear to be larger than usual. This is not due to an increase in tooth size; rather, it is because their gum tissue has receded, exposing more of the tooth. Given the frequency with which this occurs, you may wonder just how much gum recession is “normal” and how much is too much. Here are some things to know about this matter.

Some Gum Tissue Recession is Normal

Very few people make it to the end of their lives without the gum tissue receding at least some. As such, if you have minor receding, it is probably not much to worry about. Just be sure that you continue to practice strong oral hygiene routines, and have your teeth professionally cleaned every six months. If you do not already, you should start brushing your teeth at least twice a day: when you rise in the morning and before you retire at night. Some people even brush after lunch. Also, be certain that you floss every day. You might think that it is tedious, but with practice you can properly brush and floss in under 10 minutes, and it is the most vital thing you can do to stave off a receding gumline.

Excessive Receding Can Lead to Other Health Issues

If your gum tissue recedes too far, it can lead to other issues. The most obvious could be tooth loss. If the tooth is not adequately supported by the gum tissue, it is only a matter of time before it comes out. That, in turn, will lead to yet other health issues. If you have questions about your gum tissue, please contact us. We are here to help you, and we want to make sure you are educated about your oral health.

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