Why Do I Dream About My Teeth?

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Believe it or not, one of the most frequent questions that our team receives isn’t about caring for teeth, treating an issue, or teeth-whitening – it’s about dreams! Our patients report a variety of different dreams about their teeth and mouth ranging from missing teeth to teeth breaking and falling out.

Why Do I Dream?

There are many different theories about why we dream, but scientists have yet to find a definite answer. Although you can dream at any stage of sleep, dreams are often most vivid during the REM (rapid eye movement) phase.

Why Do I Dream About My Teeth?

Dreams range from bizarre and nonsensical to more normal, mundane experiences. When you’re dreaming about your teeth, it could reflect your emotional state, or it could be a random story your sleeping brain has created!

What Do My Teeth Dreams Mean?

There are a variety of interpretations about what dreams about your teeth may mean. But dreams are often an exaggeration of our worries and fears.

  • If you dream about your teeth falling out, you may be experiencing difficulty communicating with or understanding someone, or you may be anxious about being ridiculed or embarrassed in a new situation.
  • If you’re dreaming about your teeth crumbling or rotting, you may be worried about aging or sickness.
  • If you have dreams that your teeth are being pulled, this may represent anxiety about certain dental treatments.

How Do I Stop Dental-Anxiety Dreams?

If you’re dreaming about issues with your teeth, no one can tell you with absolute certainty what those dreams mean. However, there is an easy way to alleviate any dental-anxiety based dreams: visit our office! Along with good preventive care habits like brushing twice daily for two minutes each time and flossing daily, visiting with our dentists every 6 months is a great way to care for your teeth and ensure that any potential dental issues are treated as quickly as possible.

To ask our friendly team questions about how to ease dental-anxiety or to schedule your next visit, call us today!

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