“I dreamed about losing my teeth!” Dreaming of teeth, and particularly of losing your teeth, is a common recurring dream. In fact, dreaming that your teeth are falling out is one of the most common dreams reported to some dream researchers. The dream could involve the dreamer’s own teeth falling out, or the teeth of someone they can see.
In the dream the teeth can fall out in different ways. They can crumble into small pieces and fall into the dreamer’s hands, or they can fall out one by one while the dreamer is frozen in shock. It may be that they don’t fall out at all, but rot or grow crooked.
There is no one accepted reason why someone may dream of losing all their teeth, but there are several common theories. As with other such dreams, dreams of loss of teeth is merely symbolism. The symbols may mean something entirely different for you than they do for your neighbor or friend.
Losing Your Teeth Has Different Meanings
“The Meaning of teeth dreams is relative to the dreamers own life experiences. ”
In come cultures in places such as Greece, Hispaniola, and Bosnia, if you dream your teeth are falling out or that your watching someone else lose their teeth, you’re receiving a notice that someone in your family will die, usually within a week. Some say that if there is no pain involved in the dream that the death will be someone outside the family; but if there is pain, it will be a family member. There are many cultures that have passed down this belief for generations.
Thought this is a popular belief for quite a few cultures, it doesn’t hold true for everyone. In fact, dream researchers report that thousands of people have had teeth dreams that didn’t foretell of death.
When you lose your teeth you’re losing your ability to survive without struggle. Such a dream may be an indication of the presence of disease within yourself or someone you love.
Loss of Power
Teeth represent strength and force. They allow us to rip and tear, bite and chew. A loss of teeth can signalize a loss of power in your life. This might be due to feeling powerless at work or if something is happening to you that you feel powerless to stop. It may be as simple as feeling that no one understands what you’re trying to say.
Anxiety Over Appearance
Menopausal women frequently have dreams in which they are losing their teeth. This can be an indication of a fear of becoming unattractive because of the changes brought by menopause.
These dreams have also tormented people who are feeling or seeing the affects of aging on their bodies. A couple of grey hairs or a new wrinkle can signal the beginning of the deterioration of looks and physical ability, and bring on a nightmare in which the dreamer loses his teeth.
Fears of rejection can cause one to dream of losing their teeth. Being unattractive to the opposite sex, being unable to perform sexually, or being perceived as unattractively old or weak might bring on a dream of teeth loss.
In Chinese lore, when someone loses their teeth in a dream they are being warned that lies are being spoken.
The Bible mentions teeth in Psalm 58:6 when King David prays for God to destroy his enemies. He asks God to “Break their teeth in their mouth.” Teeth are needed to chew food, they represent power. To break someone’s teeth would be to reduce their power, reduce their ability to survive. So losing your teeth in a dream could relate to a loss of power.
In Ezekiel 30:24 it says: “And I will strengthen the arms of the king of Babylon, and put my sword in his hand: but I will break Pharaoh’s arms, and he shall groan before him with the groanings of a deadly wounded [man].” Teeth are bones and in this instance we see the breaking of bones as the weakening of power.
Some spiritual leaders counsel that dreams of the loss of teeth mean that there is a loss of faith. The dreamer is being warned that they are placing their faith in someone or something other than God.
Another spiritual interpretation involves a dream with falling teeth and loss of blood. This indicates a demonic attack on the dreamer’s soul, possibly brought on by a lack of faith in God.
Looking a Fool
Dreams of teeth loss can also be interpreted as fears of being seen as foolish. Losing your teeth while in a crowd may indicate that you’re afraid of being embarrassed in front of others. Perhaps you’ll be giving a talk in front of a crowd and you’re nervous about how you’ll be received. You might dream that your teeth are falling out in front of a crowd as a manifestation of these fears. When you’ve given that talk and your worries are behind you, the dream should fade.
If you’re in front of just one other person when you lose your teeth, take a look at the person in your dream. They may be an accurate or symbolic representation of someone you want to impress but are afraid you’ll instead embarrass yourself and look the fool when you next meet.
Remember the Tooth Fairy? That tale may have imprinted itself in your psyche and the loss of teeth in your dream may be related to money.
If your career is not satisfying for you and you’re feeling stuck doing something you really don’t enjoy, you may have dreams of losing your teeth.
Follow your gut feeling when interpreting your dreams. These are popularly accepted meanings, but in the end, you should rely only on yourself and what your own subconscious is trying to tell you.
By paying close attention to your dreams and what they mean to you, personally, you are taking charge of your own life. Your attention to matters your subconscious mind brings to your attention can help you to stop small fires before they become infernos.