Dream question: “I have a recurring dream that my teeth are falling out. What does this mean?”
Most commonly it is believed to be an anxiety dream. Wobbly teeth can be a symbol that represents fears or concerns about instability in some area of your life. It might be worries about your livelihood, physical strength, a relationship or a fear of losing something important to you.
In some cultures teeth represent money or people – this doesn’t mean you will lose them, but the dream may acknowledge the fear of it happening.
You may worry you are seen as undesirable; in this context, the fear of loss could be around your looks, perhaps as you get older.
Dreams can be literal though – it may genuinely be a fear of losing your teeth, especially if you’ve seen (eg) and ad on the telly before bed that makes you think of it.
A recurring theme with this dream is that people often say the teeth crumble in to the mouth. Anything in the mouth in a dream or feeling like you can’t speak can be about communication, so this dream could suggest there is an issue communicating with someone around you. This doesn’t mean you’re a poor communicator, but may be that there is a specific person who, no matter how hard you try, you just can’t get your point across to them.
What can help?
Have a think about whether or not you’ve been worrying about something lately, particularly losing something important to you. Identifying why you’re having these dreams will be the first step to stopping them happening or at least reducing the fear around their content.
Take some time to think about any areas of your life where you may need to regain control, or where you’re feeling a bit “wobbly”.
A dream diary can help you spot patterns in your dreaming. I talk about this and offer a template in my book Answers in the Dark.
Don’t forget though, book an appointment with your dentist if you’re really worried about the health of your teeth!
Copyright Delphi Ellis, updated 2023
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