Many people experience receding gums due to gum disease, and most patients do not even notice it happening! Receding gums do not occur over night, and gradually ‘pull away’ from the teeth, forming ‘pockets’ or gaps between the teeth and the gum line. Within these gaps, bacteria can (and often does!) build up and can lead to tooth loss. A way to correct this is through Pinhole Gum Surgery, to learn more about this procedure click here.


Causes of Gum Recession:

Incorrect Tooth Brushing: Brushing your teeth too hard, too long, or incorrectly can wear on the enamel, causing your gums to recede.


Genetics: Receding gums, and gum disease, can be genetic. Approximately 30% of people have a high risk of developing gum disease, regardless of their healthy habits.


Poor Oral Hygiene: If you don’t properly brush and floss your teeth, you are at a high risk for receding gums and gum disease.


Grinding / Clenching Teeth: The amount of force used to ‘grind’ your teeth, can cause gums to recede over time.


Oral Piercings: Tongue, lip, or cheek piercings can rub against the teeth and gums, causing the gum tissue to wear away over time.


Hormones: Changes in women’s bodies, including puberty, pregnancy, and menopause, can make gums sensitive and prone to recession.


Tobacco use: Whether smoking cigarettes or chewing tobacco, both can damage your teeth and cause a buildup of plaque that is hard to remove. This buildup of plaque can cause your gums to recede.


So what can you do about your receding gums?

The only option for severe gum recession used to be either tooth loss or invasive, surgical procedures. Today, there is a less invasive, more advanced procedure, available known as pinhole gum rejuvenation.


Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation allows Dr. Gamarnik to treat several teeth at once, and restore your gum line it just one visit! Learn more about this procedure here: 


If you have receding gums, or have experienced tooth loss due to gum recession; do not hesitate to call our office! Dr. Gamarnik at our Smart Smile OC staff can help to restore the gum line, and potentially save you from additional tooth loss. Conveniently located in Orange, CA, we can help you in only one visit. What do you have to lose, besides your teeth? 


If you think you or a family member may be in need of Pinhole Gum surgery, click here to make an appointment or call (714) 744-1242.