We have all experiences a dream about losing either a tooth (or many) only to wake up with a sigh of relief that none are missing. This is actually quite a common dream. But what does it mean? Is there significance?

Fear of aging or death

Often times, according to ancient Chinese and Native American interpretations, dreams of losing teeth can also mean that you are afraid of aging or afraid of death.

Personal Loss

It’s interesting to note that dreams of losing teeth often happen around the same time that people are experiencing personal loss or during a time of transition. It could be a coincidence that these dreams happen when a big decision is about to be made or has been made.

Fresh Start

A more positive interpretation of losing teeth in your dream can also mean that you are transitioning into a new fresh start in your life.

Dreams about losing teeth reveal anxiety

This is the most common interpretation and typically it reveals that you are anxious or possibly depressed about something in your life. It also reveals helplessness and the feeling of losing control over your life. Teeth are used to bite, tear, chew and gnaw. In this regard, teeth symbolize power. And the loss of teeth in your dream may be from a sense of powerlessness.

Teeth Grinding

A few studies have shown that when you dream of losing your teeth you are actually grinding and clenching during sleep which can be a sign of a bite imbalance or obstructive sleep apnea. The trigger can be all the above.

Overall, it seems that most dreams about losing teeth have to deal with life changes. Dreams are sometimes good reminders to look into our lives and listen to our subconscious minds. Do not be afraid of your dreams, but rather embrace their hidden meanings and how they can help you understand what is happening in your life right now.

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