The Meaning of Teeth Falling Out in a Dream

Updated on December 6, 2018
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Sam is fascinated by dream symbolism and the subconscious mind.

Seeing your teeth fall out is a common dream for many people. The dreamer typically sees their teeth crumble, fall out one by one, become loose when they wiggle them, rot, or just break off. You might call this a nightmare!

In order to identify the correct interpretation, examine your waking life to find the interpretation that most closely fits your waking situations and emotions.

What Does It Mean to Dream About Teeth Falling Out?

The most common interpretation for seeing your teeth fall out in a dream is that you have repressed fears of aging and losing power. Teeth represent attractiveness, communication, and the ability to eat. If you dream of losing your teeth, your dream is manifesting your hidden fears of growing old and weak and losing your ability to communicate and live a vivacious life. It is a reminder (or even a warning) of impending death, either of yours or of someone close to you.

Dreaming of teeth falling out could also represent the following:

  • Gossip: You let something slip out that you should have kept a secret or you're worried about saying the wrong thing.
  • Health: Strong teeth is an indication of health, but falling teeth symbolizes poor health
  • Trouble with communication: Are you being silenced at work? Is there something in your waking life you want to communicate, but you're too afraid to say it?
  • Lack of power: If you feel powerless in relationship, at work, or in any other situation, then teeth falling out represents your world falling apart beyond your control.
  • A challenge: Is there an obstacle or issue in your waking life that you're afraid to bite into?
  • Fear and insecurity: fear of getting old, fear of being unattractive, fear of losing power in a specific situation
  • Loss: loss of power, loss of something valuable in your life
  • Menopause: Many women who near menopause or who are currently experiencing it will have fears of getting old, which often manifests in dreams about losing teeth
  • Windfall: You're going to receive money if you dream of losing a tooth. This interpretation originates from the tradition of the tooth fairy leaving money under your pillow in exchange for a tooth.

Interesting Fact

In one study, 39% of people reported that they have dreamed about teeth falling out once in their life, 16.2% said that this was a recurring dream, and 8.2% reported having this dream regularly. — Frontiers in Psychology at Frontiersin.org

Dream of Teeth Crumbling

If you see teeth crumbling, then it represents loss of control in your waking life. Things are falling apart around you, and you feel powerless to stop it. This is an anxiety dream that should alert you to the pressing situation that you're in and how insecure you're feeling about it.

Here are a few scenarios in your waking life that a dream about teeth crumbling could represent:

  • A troubled relationship: Your partner is either cheating on you or on the verge of breaking up with you. Something in your relationship is unfixable, but you desire to fix it.
  • Being bulldozed or demoted at work: Is there a situation at work where you feel like you have voice? Maybe you make your opinions heard, but no one listens. Crumbling teeth may also represent getting demoted, fired, or backstabbed by a coworker.
  • Being lost: Not having enough money, losing hope, not knowing your purpose in life, family/relationship troubles are all things that are hard to control, and you may feel alone and lacking in direction.

Teeth Falling Out as a Harbinger of Death

I personally have never had a dream about teeth, but I have a friend who once had a dream about looking in a mirror to see that all of her teeth had fallen out. The next day, her mother told her that her aunt had died. She had a similar dream years later, and again, another relative of hers had passed away that night. She heard the news the next morning. Seeing all of your teeth fall out in a dream is a strong symbolism of portending death, specifically death of a close family member or a close friend.

Dream of Teeth Breaking

A broken tooth or broken teeth symbolize losing something that is important to you. In your waking life, you may be going through turmoil and change, and you are afraid of making comprises in which you lose something or someone valuable to you.

Rotting Teeth Meaning

Dreaming of rotting teeth represents slow change and eventual loss. Something important in your life is decaying or slowly slipping away from you. This could be your relationship with a partner, family member, or coworker. It could also mean that you are slowly losing faith or hope in something.

Dreaming of Someone Else Losing Their Teeth

If the person in the dream with falling teeth is not you, then your subconscious is warning you that this person is someone you shouldn't be attracted to. You either should not be close friends or romantically involved with this person, or you shouldn't trust them.

Conversely, this person may be in a powerless position and needs your help. It depends on what your relationship to this person is in your waking life.

What Does It Mean If You Dream of Teeth Falling Out While Pregnant?

It is common for pregnant women to have this recurring dream, especially in the second semester when pregnancy symptoms begin to ramp up. Women in this stage of pregnancy feel like they're not as in control of their lives as they should be, so the theme of powerlessness that manifests in losing one's teeth is very potent during this period.

Different Cultural Interpretations

Greek

In Greek culture, dreaming of teeth falling out portends the death or illness of a family member. This is because people depend on teeth to eat and survive, and without them, they cannot live.

Chinese

Seeing your teeth falling out in a dream means you're being deceitful. Perhaps you've recently told a lie or kept a secret you shouldn't be keeping.

Islamic

If the teeth fall out without pain, then the dream represents deeds that are worthless. You are doing deeds that are not adding value to your life or anyone else's life. If falling teeth is accompanied by pain, then it means you are going to lose something, either your property or your health. If you catch the falling teeth in you hand, then you will become rich. You will either gain property, a higher position, or money.

Christianity or Biblical Meaning

Teeth chew the word of God, thereby helping you digest and internalize His teachings. So to see one's teeth fall out in a dream symbolizes lack of wisdom or lack of faith.

Psychological Interpretations

According to Carl Jung

Psychologist C.G. Jung believes that teeth falling out represents rebirth or for women, it means giving birth to a child. This means that something new is going to happen in your life, whether it's a new job, a new relationship, or turning a new leaf or a new chapter.

According to Sigmund Freud

Freud believes that losing your teeth represents repressed sexual tension, predominately castration or fear regarding the male genitalia. If you are having problems in bed or you're nervous about beginning a new sexual relationship, then losing your teeth could be a manifestation of that sexual repression.

Scientific Explanation for Dreams of Falling Teeth

Scientists have long pondered about the commoness of dreams about teeth falling because it is incompatible with the "continuity hypothesis," which states that dreams are manifestations of things that occur in our waking life. Most people do not experience teeth problems on a regular basis, so it is inexplicable why teeth falling out is such a common dream theme for the majority of people around the world.

One theory proposed by Calvin Yu, a psychologist at the University of Hong Kong, is that the sensations of bruxism (or teeth grinding) could incorporate into our dreams and develop into images of tooth pain or losing our teeth. In other words, people who grind their teeth during sleep may have recurring dreams about teeth falling out.

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        Hi I had a terrible toothache last year the dentist only got half of it out. I've got a cracked tooth. I'm having bad anxiety about going back to the dentist I went recently to get a filling done and it was the worst one I ever had. Toothpaste didn't work properly. Any advice about alternative treatment would be helpful. Thanks

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