What do you think about your dreams? Can you remember them? Do they hold a deeper meaning for you than something you simply thought up while sleeping? Whatever your thoughts, your holistic and biological dentist in Wilmington was reading an article recently about a 2018 study published in the journal, Frontiers in Psychology. Researchers focused on a certain dental-related dream: The instance when we all feel like our teeth are rotting and/or falling out.
There were 39 percent of people who responded to the survey saying they experienced tooth-related dreams at least once. Researchers were interested in the connection between the dream and dental or psychological distress. However, there wasn’t a way for them to make a clear, direct correlation between the two. Turns out the meaning is more personal than anything else. As your Wilmington holistic and biological dentists, we’re always looking for ways to improve both your oral and overall health. One of the ways we can do that is by sleeping better and having a closer connection with our dreams and their meanings.
Figuring out your dreams boils down to figuring out how their emotion and symbolism fit into your life and wellbeing. Some of the most common meanings behind these dreams include:
Feeling Out of Control – If you’re dreaming about losing your teeth, there’s a good chance you’re feeling like you’re losing control of your daytime life. Ask yourself if there’s something in your life or an issue that’s taking away your power or plunging you into a sudden change?
Feeling Insecure – Teeth shouldn’t and normally don’t simply fall out as we go about our everyday lives. So, if we look deeper into what this dream means, it could be possible to make a correlation between teeth falling out and your confidence or self-esteem. This would certainly make anyone feel insecure should it actually happen. So, when you’re done dreaming, ask yourself if there’s an aspect of your life where there’s shame or you’re doubting yourself.
Feeling a Loss – Sometimes these dreams can be a representation of grief somewhere in your life. If you’re losing your teeth, it could be your subconscious mind working through losing someone or something else. It’s attempting to assimilate loss in your real life.
One thing your holistic and biological dentist in Wilmington found interesting about this kind of dream is that it could also actually be related to real-life dental dilemmas that we need to address. There were instances in the study where teeth dreams often were associated with actual dental irritation caused from decay or teeth grinding.
Is there something we can help you with, starting with your smile? We care about you from tooth to toe and will support you in achieving and maintaining optimal dental and overall health. Schedule a visit or consultation at our Wilmington holistic and biological dental office today. It’s easy and convenient.
It all adds up to better health, smile, body, and spirit!