dreamstime_m_11809572We talked before about how getting long in the tooth was a metaphor for getting older, but are receding gums really associated with age?

Receding Gums Increases with Age

One thing that is not in dispute is that our gums tend to recede more as we age. A study of about 10,000 people found that 37.75% of individuals between the ages of 30 and 39 had receding gums, but for the age group of 50-59 this had increased to 71.34%, and  by the time people reached the ages of 80-90, the percentage had increased to more than 90%.

When we look at the the percentage of people affected by receding gums by gender, we see another interested age-related story. Initially, women have a much lower rate of receding gums (43.57% for men, 32.22% for women, age 30-39), but with age, women catch up with men (57.5% men, 55.63% women, age 40-49) and eventually have a lower rate of receding gums (89.27% for men, 91.46% for women, age 80-90). Why? It could be related to the fact that women may spend more time taking care of their oral health and appearance when younger, but become less concerned and then spend about the same amount of time on oral care as men. Or it could be that eventually age-related processes become more significant than gender-related processes.

The amount of gum recession also increases with age. At ages 30-39, only about 10% of those with receding gums have more than 4 mm of recession. By ages 50-59, that percentage has increased to about 24%, and by 70-79, that percentage has increased to 35%.

Receding Gums Make You Look Old

No matter what your actual age is, having receding gums, especially with large amounts of recession, makes you look older. This makes rejuvenating your gums a way to effectively rejuvenate your smile. And with nonsurgical treatment for receding gums, it’s easy for you to restore your gums to a youthful, healthy appearance.

Want to learn more about treating receding gums? Please call 310-275-5325 for help in Beverly Hills or 949-551-5902 for help in Orange County.