John J. Kelly, DDS
Your Dental Health Blog
January 17, 2021
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Dreams where your teeth fall out – who hasn’t had these? They often seem so real, and when you awaken, you may even have to check you still have yours!
No doubt, after such a dream, you’ll probably wonder, “What does it all mean?” Perhaps one of the following explanations applies in your case…
Perceived instability in life
In real life, most people would consider their teeth suddenly falling out to be a horrific experience. Although dreams don’t usually echo real-real life, assuming your teeth are probably firmly in place when you awaken, the dream may reflect the truth metaphorically.
Dreams often express real emotions through symbols and stories. Dreaming about losing your teeth might just mean, you feel unstable.
Perhaps you’re unsure about your place in this world, or you are going through a period of financial or romantic instability. In this age of COVID-19, this is understandable.
So dreaming that your teeth are falling out may represent these feelings in the “sleep world”.
Lack of nourishment
Let’s face it – without your teeth, taking in nourishment would be tough, seeing as you couldn’t chew your food and all.
Losing your choppers in a dream might indicate a fear you aren’t getting enough sustenance, though it may not be of the food variety.
You may feel life doesn’t support you, or you aren’t getting what you need to be “nourished” from your relationships or your career. In dreams, when your teeth fall out, your mind may be speaking to you, saying, “Feed me!”
Another interpretation of such dreams may be that you hold repressed emotional angst in your jaw. People tense their jaws when they brace themselves for stress. They also clench their jaws when they are fuming or holding back angry words.
If you are upset or angry, or can’t seem to let your feelings flow, teeth-falling-out dreams could be the result.
Fear of loss
When your teeth fall out in dreams, consider whether you fear losing someone or something important to you.
Valued friendships, family members, financial security, or your job are all crucial to people’s lives, and your tooth-losing dream could reflect anxiety about losing these people or things. Just as likely, actually losing your teeth due to dental issues that you may be ignoring could be a reason for these types of dreams.
Dreams of teeth falling out aren’t enjoyable, but they can be helpful as a call-to-action.
Your dreams may be telling you, it’s time to speak the truth and express your emotions – or that a painful past experience beckons closure, something you have been avoiding. Dreams might also reveal you need to face your fears. Perhaps, a visit to your dentist might be the thing you are afraid of! Only you can decide why you had a teeth-falling-out dream.
Use these dreams to improve your life. Whatever you do, don’t panic – it’s only a dream!
Here’s a wonderful talk by life coach and video blogger, James Himm Mitchell, about teeth-failling-out dreams and what to make of them. Great presentation we know you’ll enjoy. Check it out!
If you have been avoiding the dentist because of fear, you are not alone. Dental phobias are among the most common fears, and in some cases they can be debilitating.
The reasons behind a dental phobia are many. In some cases the dental phobia arose because of a past experience with a bad dentist – one who did not take pain control seriously enough. In other cases fear of the dentist is a manifestation of a deeper anxiety.
No matter what the cause, it is possible to overcome your fear of the dentist and get the care you need to keep your teeth looking their best. Here are some tips to get you started.
Find the Right Dentist
If you have a fear of the dentist, it is extremely important to choose the right dental professional. Not all dentists are equally skilled at working with patients who have a dental phobia, so choose your provider with care.
Seek out reviews of area dentists, talk to other patients and reach out to the office staff. You can learn a lot just by talking to others who share your same fear of the dentist.
Consider Sedation Dentistry
If you think you need a lot of dental work done, you might want to consider a dentist who uses sedation for routine dental care. Sedation dentistry can be an excellent alternative for those with dental phobias, since it eliminates most of the pain and fear associated with a trip to the dentist.
When you call the office, ask if they offer sedation dentistry and find out as much as you can about how they operate. The more you know about their practices, the more comfortable you will be when you head out for your appointment.
Be Honest About Your Fears
The worst thing you can do is try to hide your fear of the dentist. No matter which dentist you choose, you should be open and honest about how you feel and why you feel that way.
Whether your dental phobia is the result of a bad experience in the past or a more generalized anxiety, a good dentist will understand your concerns and help you work through them. Whether they provide you with medication to help you relax, employ sedation for routine dental care or just help you work through your fear, a good dentist will be willing to go the extra mile to soothe their anxious patients.
Visit the Dentist Regularly
It may seem counter-intuitive, but visiting the dentist regularly is one of the best ways to cure a dental phobia. The more you visit the more you will see that going to the dentist is no big deal, and that there is nothing to worry about.
Visiting the dentist on a regular basis will also allow your dentist to spot problems early – when they are easier and less painful to treat. If your dentist spots a bit of plaque and treats it with a good cleaning, you head off a cavity and a filling later on.
Take Care of Your Teeth at Home
Taking care of your teeth between dental visits is essential, especially for patients with dental anxieties. The better your oral hygiene at home, the more routine your office visits will be. Brushing your teeth after every meal and before bedtime, flossing regularly and eating a healthy diet can prevent cavities and stop dental problems in their tracks.
If you care of your teeth properly at home, you might find yourself looking forward to your next trip to the dentist. Over time, you will see that those regular cleanings and exams are no big deal and that there is truly nothing to be afraid of.
Dental phobias are all too common, but there is no reason to succumb to them. No matter how severe your fear of the dentist there are ways to overcome the problem and help you get the dental care you need.
Contributing Writer – B.E. Conrad
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Chicago dentist John J. Kelly, DDS practices restorative and cosmetic dentistry at his Chicago dental office in Edgebrook. He delivers a wide range of dental therapeutics, in addition to the treatment of Sleep Disordered Breathing including Sleep Apnea, Child Facial Development issues and TMJ/Jaw Pain.