Quiz: Why Do We Lose Teeth?

Why do we lose teeth? Why do we lose our teeth as adults? A variety of factors can cause gaps in our smile. Knowing these factors, and the steps you can take to maintain a healthy smile can help your smile stay beautiful and whole. With dental implants, you can receive a dental prosthesis that looks and functions naturally.

Dental Implant and Tooth Loss Quiz

  1. True or False: Poor oral hygiene can lead to tooth loss.
  2. True or False: Advanced gum disease can cause missing teeth.
  3. True or False: Without replacement, missing teeth can lead to serious problems.
  4. True or False: Dental implants can provide decades of tooth replacement.

Answer Key

  1. True. When we don’t care for our smiles we allow common dental health issues, such as tooth decay and gum disease, to flourish. The result can be damaged or even lost teeth. A healthy smile can remain free of dental disease and whole.
  2. True. When gum disease reaches the advanced stages, the connective tissue between the teeth and gum can deteriorate. The result is lost teeth. In fact, gum disease is one of the most common causes of adult tooth loss.
  3. True. Losing teeth can lead to several negative oral health complications. First, the adjacent teeth can begin to drift towards the empty sockets, leading to misalignment. Uneven teeth often increase the risk of cavities and periodontal disease. In addition, the body often registers the loss of a tooth root and responds by suspending the flow of nutrients to the jaw. Without doses of calcium and phosphorus, the jawbone dissolves and leads to an aged appearance.
  4. True. Implants are inserted directly into the jaw, replacing both the root and crown of a lost tooth. They prevent the jawbone from dissolving and can least as long as 25 years.


Calcagno Cosmetic and Family Dentistry offer expert services including dental implants, Six Month Smiles, pediatric dentistry, root canals, and teeth whitening in Rochester MN. To schedule a consultation, please call (507) 218-8936. Dr. Gilly Calcagno and Dr. Kara Heimer welcome and serve patients from Rochester, Red Wing, St. Charles, Winona, Farmington, Austin, and the surrounding communities.