Have you ever had dreams about losing a tooth, or several teeth? They can be quite memorable and even unsettling – and if you’re reading this, you are probably trying to make sense of these dreams. Though interpretations about what your dreams about losing teeth can vary widely, your dreams might symbolically reflect something important going on in your personal life, or signify something literal that you should be paying more attention to physically.
What Do Your Dreams About Losing Teeth Mean?
Loss or Grief
Losing your teeth is undoubtedly an upsetting experience, even in dreams. If you have lost or are grieving the loss of something or someone important, your subconscious may be attempting to interpret your emotions surrounding that loss into the tangible, real-life experience of losing other important things while you dream
Anxiety & Lack of Control
Most people would not choose to lose their teeth, and so dreams about losing teeth can indicate feelings of powerlessness, anxiety, and lack of control. Has there been any profound, overwhelming changes in your life that you’ve felt you’ve had no control over? Or perhaps a specific area of your life that you feel particularly anxious and uncertain about?
Insecurity or Shame
In the real, waking world, our adult teeth do not simply fall out for no reason or with no prior warning. And most people would feel insecure and ashamed if their teeth suddenly fell out or crumbled away. If you are experiencing these types of dreams, you may want to think about any areas of your life in which you are feeling shame, self doubt, or insecurity. Your lost teeth dreams may indicate that some aspect of your waking life is being neglected, and in need of closer attention and/or nurturing care.
Rebirth or Renewal
On a more positive side, dreams about losing teeth may also signify a profound sense of personal renewal or rebirth! When your teeth fall out as a child, it is evidence of growth and can be attached to a sense of pride and rite of passage – and afterwards, your new primary teeth come in! Significant change of any kind can have a strong, destabilizing effect on your emotions – but rather than a negative, your teeth dream may be a sign of positive change or growth.
Sometimes, dreams about losing teeth can simply be a result of dental irritation! Your subconscious often picks up on physical illnesses or weaknesses in your body before you are consciously aware of it. In other words, your dreams about losing teeth might simply be a sign that you need to pay closer attention to your oral hygiene and dental health, or come give us a visit!