According to at least one study, it may be the most common dream: your teeth fall out. Researchers found that about 20% of Americans (and 17% of Japanese adults) had this nightmare. The strange thing about this dream is that it’s likely not related to your teeth at all, but, rather, another important function of your mouth: speaking.
There are many variations on this dream, and people tend to talk about them to their dentist. Dentists hear about teeth vanishing, teeth falling onto the ground in a pile, teeth crumbling into dust. All different types of dreams.
These dreams can be traumatic, and they tend to stick with people. Sometimes it’s theorized that the dreams are related to teeth grinding (bruxism), and therefore potentially TMJ. The theory is that people who are grinding their teeth at night are sending signals to their brain from their teeth, causing the tooth-related dreams.
Other times, it’s theorized that teeth have a primal association with anything that’s valuable to us. In this theory, as primitive animals our teeth were vital to our survival (indeed, many animals, like elephants, die when their teeth wear out), so they become a dream symbol of anything that we’re worried we are losing.
However, dream experts say that communication is the most common association for teeth dreams, and the variations tell us what is concerning people. For example, people who dream about having their teeth fall out may have realized they said something they shouldn’t have. In the words of dream expert Lauri Quinn Loewenberg, “you let something out of your mouth that should have stayed in there.”
Dreams about crumbling teeth are related to people who have difficulty communicating what they mean. On the other hand, people who swallow their teeth are more likely to feel they should have spoken up but stayed silent instead.
Although watching your mouth in a metaphorical sense can help you keep your teeth in dreams, we can help you watch your mouth in a literal sense, so you can keep your teeth in waking life with everything from a basic cleaning to a root canal. If you’re looking for a dentist in Spokane, please call 509-368-7788 for an appointment at Collins Dentistry & Aesthetics.
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3151 E. 28th Ave.
Spokane, WA 99223
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