Hair Isn't The Only Thing To Recede When You Get Older

I was somehow anticipating something like this, today. I don't know why, maybe because I'm trying to change and do things while I still seem young, but having just turned an age that is a number away from so not young. Maybe because I'm only now starting to get worried about something going wrong with me that I've been taking for granted, all of a sudden. My dental health has always been perfect. Every dentist visit, always a-okay, never a thing wrong, no issue ever raised, nothing but praise and pats on the back.

Today's visit, all is still well, but. . . the hygienist told and then showed me that my gums are receding in a couple of places. It's only by a couple of millimeters, and absolutely no big deal, but when she showed me, I was taken aback a little. This wasn't the case 9 months ago at my last appointment. This thing apparently happens with time, and there is no way to reverse this. Once the gum goes, it stays gone.

This is it. Something that has previously been perfect about me is now being subjected to the effects of time and age. There have been subtle other things (drying things like skin in winter and lady bits) for a few years before this, but dental issues are decidedly an old person's bag (poor hygiene and neglect aside, of course). This is truly the beginning of getting old, and I though I sensed it before today, which is a big reason why I'm scrambling to change my life and catch up while I can, but I was hoping it wouldn't have been confirmed so soon after I began sensing it.

So, excuse this old lady as she goes to use hand cream, now. I wish I was just kidding and being funny about that for closing effect. But, Aveeno, here I come.
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Mopy
Good to know. More motivation to keep my pot smoking days in the past. It could also be due to a misaligned bite, which I have from late-teenage orthodontic work. Could be a couple of other things, too. My dentist suggested that the one tooth may be from the frenum pulling my gum beside it. But, I'm glad it has been caught early and that I stopped smoking, so if it was due to that, it doesn't need to progress.
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Know what can cause receding gums? Smoking. Or smoking weed.

You wouldn't have done that much over the last year or so, right?


https:/www.webmd.com/oral-health/news/20080205/marijuana-linked-to-early-gum-disease

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