Common Dream: Losing Teeth

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What does it mean for teeth to fall out in a dream? I dreamed that my teeth were falling out. In real life, my teeth are perfectly all right even though I’m 39 years old. Why should I have this dream?
Katie P- New Orleans

Psychological Meaning:

Dreaming of teeth falling out may represent insecurity. These dreams often occur at a time of transition between one phase of life and another. When we lost our milk teeth, we also gradually lost our childhood innocence. Loosing your teeth therefore show that today you have similar feelings of uncertainty and self-consciousness as you did in childhood. The dream could also highlight your worries about getting older or your sexual attractiveness. In the letter above Katie says she is approaching 40 – perhaps she is concerned about getting older? Consider what problems and cjanges are facing you at this time. Your dream may be highlighting your fears but may also have some hidden solutions to your worries.

Dreams about teeth falling out could also symbolize the problems associated with having to make a compromise. Perhaps you feel that you are not getting a good deal and there could be something happening in your life that creates a sense of disharmony? This is a common dream that often occurs when we are faced with difficult decisions but we have limited options and choices available to us.  The metaphoric language and imagery of this dream points to your inner fears about making changes in your life.

Animal teeth may represent aggressiveness and false teeth may represent concern about your self-image. The dream could also be triggered by subtle toothache that you are not yet consciously aware of.


Remember that all dreams are very personal and the interpretation may need to include your own personal associations. So every dream is different and how you interpret it is up to you.


1. Do I feel insecure because I’m starting a new phase of life? Katie’s dream may highlight her worries about soon reaching 40.

2. Am I facing reality? Dreams about loosing teeth may represent a retreat to the innocent times when you were a toothless baby and dependent for nourishment on your mother’s milk.

3. Are you frightened about making a choice? The dream may highlight the fact that making delays to your decisions are causing unnecessary worry and stress.

4. Do you fear change? Could it be that you fear change because you are holding on to the past? Perhaps the dream is highlighting the fact that change happens whether we like it or not. Just as we grow from a child and into an adult so too we have to accept the inevitability of change. But this is good for with change also comes transformation.


Mystical Meaning of Loss of Teeth Dream

The Nilotes of the Sudan believe that if a woman has a toothy grin it is a bad omen. It symbolizes the mouth of a wild animal that will frighten the cattle and superstitious lore insists that maidens with a wide smile be made beautiful by having their front teeth removed. An African witch doctor would therefore interpret dreams about losing teeth as a sign of prosperity. Some superstitions claim that it predicts a death.

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2 comments… add one
  • jackie keys Apr 13, 2018, 4:03 pm

    dream my teeth keep fall out of my mouth but everytime i would reach to pick them up they were gold and i do wear false teeth on the top so when i actually woke up i was holding them in my hand

  • Lauricelis Jun 29, 2015, 8:33 pm

    The meaning and my dream about teeth don’t add up.

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