Crooked Rotten and Smelly Teeth Dropping out - What a Thought!
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Crooked Rotten and Smelly Teeth Dropping out - What a Thought!

Crooked rotten, smelly teeth, and all dropping out – our biggest nightmare surely? But actually problems with teeth are one of the most common subjects that people report in connection with their dreams. This is not surprising, because our mouths are the focus of attention when they open, when you eat, when you smile – and when you kiss!

Oh horrors – all my Teeth Are Falling out!

Bad teethCrooked rotten, smelly teeth, and all dropping out – our biggest nightmare surely? But actually problems with teeth are one of the most common subjects that people report in connection with their dreams. This is not surprising, because our mouths are the focus of attention when they open, when you eat, when you smile – and when you kiss!

Because we place so much store in keeping our teeth, ways of keeping them are legend. With our current knowledge, there are just two options: Going to a dentist for “running repairs” or going to a dentist to have them extracted. Neither option is particularly attractive, because, in spite of the use of anaesthetic, the whole procedure it highly stressful.

Embrionic StemThere is hope in the pipeline though, because in August 2008, scientists in Japan were able to remove dental pulp from wisdom teeth which they say is a potential source of therapeutic stem cells. This discovery is of great clinical importance, as wisdom tooth extractions are a relatively common type of oral surgery. It is not well known that patients who have their wisdom teeth removed are currently able to opt to have stem cells from those teeth isolated and saved, in case they should ever need the cells. Because the wisdom tooth is usually discarded as waste material, there cannot be any ethical concerns.

Dreams of teeth tumbling out are very common dreams. Typical dream settings include having your teeth fall apart in your hands, falling out one by one with just a light tap, growing crooked or rotting in your gums. Such dreams are not only appalling and traumatic, but they often leave one with a lasting mental impression of the dream. So what can it all mean in our waking lives?

A theory is that dreams about our teeth reflect concerns about appearances and how others see you. It is a fact we exist in a world where beauty and looks are paramount and our teeth help to project that image. Teeth play an important role in the game of relationships, whether it be parading those white pearls, kissing or caressing.

RejectionDreams of this nature may have their roots in an innate fear of rejection, sexual impotency or just feeling your years passing by faster than you might have wished. Sleep scientists tell us that women approaching menopause have regular teeth-related dreams. The road signs to dreams of this nature reinforce the idea of aging or even feeling somewhat unattractive and less feminine. One’s teeth are a critical feature adding to one’s image and how you come across to others. It is really stating the obvious to say that if we care about what we look like projects a look that is natural and healthy.

Another consideration that can be attributed to the teeth being seen as falling out, can be traced back to an innate fear being humiliated or making a idiot of yourself in a social environment. Dreams of this nature are an overblown image of your worries and concerns. The dream can also be traced back to you being underprepared for task or project.

PowerIn certain dreams, your teeth can be seen as your power, especially where they are being used to tear, bite, chew and grind. The loss of teeth in your dream can be from a feeling of impotence. Are you feeling impotent in a situation? You may be having difficulty with expressing yourself properly or getting your argument across, so you tend to feel frustrated when your contribution is not being acknowledged as being valid. Feelings of being of a lower status to others, and therefore a lack of self-esteem in some situation or relationship in your life are a big factor. You may need to be more self-asserting and trust the value of your own beliefs.

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Comments (10)

great write up, I just had the strangest dream

Thanks Carol! - let me know, if you wish, what it was - I will reply privately

fascinating article Colin. My wisdom teeth have not erupted yet! and I have never had a dream about teeth but last night i did dream I went completely bonkers and in a fit of temper I attacked my house ripping down blinds and walls. My kids went out and my husband took my dog and my car and went to his sisters. This morning I feel really down:-(

Very interesting interpretation for teeth in dreams! I have never had a dream like this in my life but I sometimes get a recurring dream I am constantly pulling something like gum from my throat and it keeps coming out throughout the whole dream as though I am choking on it. I sure wish you could interepret this dream Colin as you are definately an expert in dream interpretation. Terrific write, you have my vote!

I am replying to you privately - thanks for your motivation!

A nice topic, Colin. I am still fortunate to keep most of my teeth intact and falling tooth had been confined in dreams.

Very good topic and well written. I really hate those dreams when my teeth fall out. I take great care of my teeth and those dreams just really get to me.

-Great topic, unique/different. Love the first image of the Gremlin smiling...

Thanks for your vote! - as you will appreciate, it is meant to be an attention getter :-)

I chipped the bonding on my bottom tooth, it feels weird, its all rough.

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