Yes...I am 54 years now and started with gum problems (lots of bleeding and receding) around 37 years old. Had some initial gum surgery done in bad spots and have been working with a periodontist ever since. Have had a couple more minor surgeries over the years. My gums are in pretty good shape now but it does take a LOT of work on your part to get them back and keeping them in good shape. The biggest thing is flossing, flossing, flossing and getting a hygenist to professionally clean your teeth 3 -4 times a year. My husband also started with big gum problems arouund 35 years old and never has had to have surgery. They initially suggested it, however, he said he wanted to try to work and bring gums back on his own,,,,,which he did.....however for that first year he was going to a hygenist every two months for professional cleaning....now he goes 3 times a year....but has never had surgery. You really need to see a GOOD periodontist and try to avoid surgery if possible. You can bring the gums back, but it will be ongoing maintenace. I am now on a schedule of 2 times per year with periodontist and one time wirh regular dentist. Good luck.