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Interpreting Your Dreams About Tooth Loss

June 16, 2013 on 11:27 pm | In Interpreting Dreams | No Comments
A young boy after losing two baby teeth, exfol...

A young boy after losing two baby teeth. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Bad dreams can plague us from the moment we wake up, until the moment we go to sleep again. As strange as it is, many people have very similar dreams, with haunting themes–one of the most common of these is dreaming about tooth loss.

Tooth loss dreams are profoundly disturbing and extraordinarily common. The nightmares take many forms from teeth shattering like glass, to crumbling away.


teeth (Photo credit: jfraser)

But how they disappear is not nearly as important as the disturbing feelings their departure leaves behind. The fact that so many people have these nightmares in common could mean that we should pay attention to the feelings which are driving them to occur.

After all, these horrors are symbolic of the deepest fears human beings have. The first may be a fear of growing old, or even death itself.

Think about when teeth fall out in waking life—when children become adults and when adults begin aging. Therefore, losing teeth in nightmares may be symbolic of fears of growing old or fears of death, and may occur when one is ill, nearing a milestone birthday, or preoccupied with mortality for some reason, such as during the death or illness of a loved one.

Next, something most people fear at some point is being completely powerless. In many dreams like we have described, the dream starts with just one tooth falling out followed by the rest.

Dreamers often try to stop them from coming out, but to no avail. These illusions may signify a waking life situation that one feels powerless to change or stop.

Fear of change is one of the top fears many people have, and this fear is reflected in dreams of the previous nature. Given that waking life canine loss is associated with transition, these illusions may symbolize fear of change—especially involuntary change such as a job loss or a failed relationship.

Lost enamels can be symbols of a loss in life representing the fear accompanying the change. The best thing to do is think about what you may be currently afraid of, and what you can do to accept these changes with emotional stability.

In waking life, people often cover their mouths when they have unwanted gaps, usually out of embarrassment. Dreams and nightmares can mirror the same feelings of embarrassment.

They might point to something one has done that one wants to ‘cover up’ for fear of embarrassment if found out. Alternatively, they may indicate that there is something one wants to do, but is afraid of doing for fear of the embarrassment of failure.

It may be the psyche’s way of saying that there is something one wants to do, but fears doing because of the embarrassment if one fails. The best thing to do here is gather as much courage as you can, and just take the step forward.

Accidents and aging are two reasons our canines fall out in our waking life. Improper nutritional care is another.

They fall out when one’s health is not being properly looked after. In dream-speak, this may take the form of not being nourished spiritually, mentally, physically, or emotionally.

Since nourishment is taken in through the mouth, losing enamel may also indicate fear of financial loss—the inability to put food on the table or in one’s mouth. Take a trip to the dentist, and see what you can do to increase your health.

When one is abandoned, one is involuntarily left behind, powerless to stop or remedy the situation. Feelings of abandonment can be likened to the feelings one experiences in these nightmares.

Feelings of abandonment may feel similar to the feeling of the hole left in the mouth. Evaluate your relationships, and what you can do move on.

If none of these apply to you, perhaps your fears may may be warnings that one is revealing too much information, with the loss standing in for the secrets one is revealing. Alternatively, they can symbolize lies, or being lied to by another.

The most important thing to remember with anything that is not real, these dental illusions included, is that they are not prophecies. They are simply reflections of what is going on in the psyche, and are meant as guide posts to help one be more successful in waking life.

So despite the bleak meaning most of these interpretations carry, it is important to realize they are meant to help, not hurt. Evaluate what you are feeling in your waking life, and perhaps they will go away all together.

Original Author: Ronald Pedactor Full Bio

Ronald Pedactor is a former dental assistant and has authored hundreds of articles relating to oral health. He worked for a Beaufort Dentist before becoming a guest dental lecturer for the past 15 years. Contact Info:

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