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Is it normal to lose most of your gums in your 60's?

Certainly not! People in their 60’s, who are healthy, have good oral hygiene, and see their dentists regularly, should not suffer from serious gum issues. The sight of long teeth and seemingly short gums can indicate Periodontal Disease. This must be diagnosed properly and treated. See your dentist or periodontist for a consultation if you feel you are "losing your gums!"

Jonathan H. Ross, DDS
Periodontics
It is not normal for you to "lose your gums", but it is not uncommon. Some people are more prone to it because they have a "thin biotype" i.e., the gums are highly scalloped around the teeth and have thin papillae between the teeth. Some people have worn away hard and soft tissue by aggressive oral hygiene habits. Some people lost the gingiva over the roots after orthodontic treatment moved the teeth too far toward the cheeks or lips. Some have lost this tissue because of periodontitis (a chronic inflammatory disease of the supporting structures of the teeth that causes bone loss).

If you believe you have lost gum tissue and are interested in possibly getting root coverage grafting, call a local periodontist for an examination.
People who have worn dentures for many years can lose most of the bone in their jaw (the ridge that supports the denture). This is commonly referred to as having the gums "shrink." To fight this, well-fitting dentures should be made and dental implants can be placed to help support the denture and preserve bone in the jaw. Dentists try to preserve teeth to prevent problems associated with premature tooth loss.

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