What Does It Mean When You Dream About Your Teeth Falling Out and Crumbling?

Medically Reviewed on 12/10/2020
Teeth often represent our strengths, abilities, and pride
Teeth often represent our strengths, abilities, and pride

Teeth often represent our strengths, abilities, and pride. Dreaming about your teeth falling out may represent fears of being powerless. You may have bizarre dreams about either losing one of your teeth or all. The dreams could probably indicate your inability to hold things together in life or fears or anxieties you’re battling with. These dreams could also signify:

  • Personal loss: These losses can be deep personal losses related to
    • Death of the loved one.
    • Loss of a job.
    • Loss of a marriage/partnership.
    • Losing a home.
  • Stress: Extreme stress can make you dream about your teeth falling out and crumbling.
  • Anxiety: Being anxious for a long time can cause teeth grinding and dreams about your teeth falling and crumbling.
  • Fears: Fear of feeling inadequate or the effect of aging on health and body can make you dream about your teeth falling out.
  • Insecurity: You may be experiencing insecurity currently in some areas of your life.
  • A costly compromise or decision: A recent challenging decision that you have taken may be expensive to you or your close ones.
  • Poor nutrition status causing gum problems.
  • Financial instabilities
  • Dental conditions or pain: It may be the brain's way of telling us that we need to visit a dentist.
  • Some may dream about teeth falling out due to low self-confidence or an inner feeling of being powerless or weak.

How do dreams happen?

During sleep, we cycle between rapid eye movement (REM) and non-REM sleep. According to experts, we dream at least four to six times while we sleep. Dreams occur during REM sleep, which occurs every night. During the REM stage, the brain is warming up its cell circuits and rearranging the memories. This activity may give rise to dreams.

Sleep studies have shown that our brain waves are almost as active during REM cycles as they are when we are awake. Other features of REM sleep include:

  • Loss of muscle tone
  • No regulation of body temperature
  • Irregular heart rate and breathing rate
  • Constriction of pupils

What does a dental dream indicate?

Teeth dreams often depict unconscious aspects of our mind that we have trouble identifying. Teeth in a dream may symbolize different things or emotions, which include:

  • Aggression
  • Confidence
  • Sense of security
  • Verbalization or expression
  • A feeling of being empowered

Different emotions may be associated with various dental dreams. The different types of teeth dreams include:

  • Rotting teeth
  • Broken, chipped, or crooked tooth
  • Teeth Falling out in dreams
  • False teeth dreams
  • Dreams where teeth are being broken

Does a dreaming of losing teeth mean death?

No. Dreams are simply the brain’s way of processing the current events in your life. Sometimes, dreams may point to your subconscious urges. In no way does losing teeth point to your death. Experts claim that dreams occur due to electrical activities of the brain and have no role in predicting the future. One research found that dreams originate more from imagination than from perception. There are many theories connected with dreams; however, there is no exact explanation to understand the physiological process during a dream.

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Medically Reviewed on 12/10/2020
References
https://www.medicinenet.com/does_dreaming_of_losing_teeth_mean_death/article.htm

https://health.clevelandclinic.org/why-do-we-dream-a-sleep-expert-answers-5-questions/