What Do Dreams About Teeth Mean? Teeth Symbolism
The Big Question
"What does it mean to dream about teeth?"
Over the years, I’ve seen many websites dedicated to dream interpretation inundated with questions about teeth dreams. Most of those questions go unanswered to the frustration of their worried posters. I was one of them for several years.
I used to have horrible nightmares about my teeth falling or being knocked out. In some dreams, my teeth would pour out of my mouth like dried split-peas gushing from a torn sack. In others, they would come loose and simply fall out while I was talking. This went on for years. It was horrible how terrified these dreams made me feel. I was desperate for an answer.
Have you ever had dreams about teeth?
When someone did answer me online or I found (yet another) dream interpretation book, the answer was always … well, wrong. It didn’t feel true. The most common interpretation given was that the teeth represented words and teeth falling out mean that the dreamer had been lying. I knew that wasn’t the case.
A less common response was that dreams about teeth represent concerns about our appearance. For example, nice teeth mean that you feel good about your appearance and bad teeth mean that you think you look awful. Or, something silly like that.
After a few years of looking for the answer to my nightmares, I found one that rang true for me ...
Shedding Some Light on the Subject
Throughout history, malnutrition and illness has been the major cause of tooth loss. In societies that ground grain for consumption, grit from the milling process wore down teeth which caused damage and decay. Teeth are required for eating … thus survival. Depending on the society and period of history, people actually starved to death without teeth.
However, teeth can also affect your social standing, even today. Those without teeth simply were not seen as attractive. It’s pretty hard to find a mate when peers shun a person for lack of teeth.
Down through the ages, wealthy folk could afford to have a proper diet, health care and dental care. They could also afford replacement teeth when their own fell out. Dentures could be made with animal teeth, ivory, porcelain and even human teeth pulled from corpses, depending on what you could afford.
The Meaning of Teeth in Dreams
Once I knew more about the relevance of teeth, I realized that teeth represent prosperity.
Every time I took a financial hit, I had those horrible nightmares. As my finances increased, the dreams changed to me having a competent dentist save my teeth or something similar.
Of course, prosperity doesn’t mean just money. It includes all the things that go with being prosperous:
- good health;
- low-stress level;
- having enough food, clothing, etc.;
- a good quality of life; and
- a high level of enjoyment.
This is what it means to be prosperous.
Once my life became more prosperous, the nightmares about teeth went away. Hopefully, this information will help you take a closer look at your level of prosperity. Are you as prosperous as you’d like to be? Well, the answer is in your dreams.
© 2012 Rosa Marchisella