What does a dream in which your teeth fall out of your mouth mean?
A dream about your teeth falling out of your mouth feels like bad news. However, this is not always the case. There are both positive and negative interpretations of this dream. This dream can represent anything from a major life change to a lack of self-esteem; from the fear of getting older to money issues; from rebirth to regretting something you said.
Positive interpretations of the dream that your teeth are falling out of your mouth:
Sign of progress.
Teeth often symbolize growing up: you are born without teeth, you get your baby teeth, you lose your baby teeth, you get your adult teeth. As an adult, this dream can represent a progression from one situation to another.
A secret wish to be cared for.
This interpretation means that you want to go back to an easier time - like when you were a child - and mom and dad did everything. It indicates that you're entering a period of potential growth, and if you play it right, everything will work out.
This dream may represent your need to take care of yourself as you go through radical changes in your life. You may be experiencing growth, discovering personal aspects that were previously hidden, and developing aspects that had been neglected.
Renewed strength and self-esteem.
Teeth can be seen as symbols of power. So if you get this dream, it may relate to your personal power. It may ultimately be a sign of gaining more control over your environment or others, or an increase in your confidence in a business situation or personal relationship.
According to psychologist Jung, the loss of teeth symbolizes the dream that you will bring something new into the world. It reflects the tension (and sometimes pain) that starting something new entails. A new job, a new house, a new relationship or a period of significant growth fit into this category.
Negative interpretations of the dream that your teeth are falling out of your mouth:
The feeling of uncertainty.
Teeth falling out are associated with loss and significant life changes. This dream may indicate that you are dealing with some kind of loss, such as an abrupt end to a relationship or a change of job.
Both stress and anxiety can correlate with upcoming major changes in your life. Whether a new job or promotion is coming up, or you're moving to a new city or getting married and having children, all of these scenarios can affect your subconscious. You may worry about things potentially going wrong with new changes in your life, which can lead to dreams of tooth loss.
Making costly compromises.
This dream can occur when you are faced with a choice, but you are not satisfied with the options. You may be disillusioned with your career, but at the same time worried about the cost of unschooling.
Stress and anxiety
Stress is a normal part of life. But uncontrolled stress can develop into physical reactions. You may feel more stress than usual. Anxiety can also cause teeth grinding at night, which is a cause of dreams about your teeth.
Not willing to make a choice.
This dream may highlight the price of inaction. Or it may represent the feeling that you have lost the ability to process critical information needed to make a decision.
One of the most common interpretations for your teeth falling out in a dream has to do with deep personal loss. This may have to do with the:
- the death of a loved one
- loss of a marriage/partnership
- loss of a job
- loss of a home
- a death in your family is imminent
Worry about your self-image.
A common interpretation is the fear of aging, becoming less efficient or productive at work, or a lack of assertiveness.
A Freudian thing.
According to Freud this dream represents sexual repression. Teeth falling out in a dream is considered a symbol of castration and fear of the male genitals. It may relate to fear of sexual interaction with a partner. A less literal interpretation could be impotence, aggression, and concern for your safety.
Whether the dream is negative or positive, your interpretation is much more meaningful if you relate it to events, situations or feelings you have in your personal life. Ask yourself what this imagery might mean, or what role your dream life plays in your waking life.
Physical causes for a dream about teeth falling out of your mouth:
Teeth grinding can lead to subconscious thoughts about your teeth falling out. The reverse scenario is also possible, by the way. Having a dream about your teeth falling out can lead to teeth grinding in your sleep.
Dental problems in your area
A dream about teeth falling out does not necessarily have to be attributed to your own teeth. It is also possible that you dream about falling teeth because others are missing teeth. Possibly your children are losing baby teeth, or you know someone with a broken tooth or molar.
If you have recently experienced a tooth falling out or breaking, you may be dreaming about that event now. It is also possible that you will dream about more teeth falling out, especially if the first event was traumatic.
Worried that your dream is literal?
If you are worried that something is wrong with your teeth, see your dentist. He or she can check to see if your teeth are healthy. If there is a problem, he can diagnose it and treat it before it gets worse.
A dream in which your teeth fall out is one of the nine most common dreams.