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Thursday, April 3, 2014

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Teeth Dreams

A list of every way I’ve dreamed about my teeth falling out.

I open my mouth. All of my teeth fall out at once. Dream ends.

My teeth crumble, like ancient ruins inside of my mouth. They become dust in my hands and my salty tears mix with the teeth dust. I scatter this mixture onto the ground.

I go about a typical day, running errands, eating tacos. All the while, my teeth are falling out, scattering throughout this dream location. Tacos are always included and I never seem to notice, or care, that my teeth are missing.

One tooth falls into the mouth of some faceless, but still attractive man while we are making out. He is, obviously, disgusted. (That said, I am open to the idea of a dream during which he is turned on instead. What would that mean?)

I sit in an unidentifiable location and anxiously wiggle my own front two teeth until I can pull them out of my mouth. Blood is everywhere. Usually, I am sobbing. Nightmare ends.

I have acquired some sort of deadly mouth disease. My teeth are rotting and disgusting, like much of the food in my kitchen. The sad, sick teeth fall out of my mouth one at a time. Once they are gone, I die.

The moment I enter my dream state, I spew a mouthful of teeth all over the place. The end.

My teeth become conscious and leave my mouth. Like, they get up walk out of it, chatting about what they will do now that they are no longer slaves to my habitual ice chomping. Then it's over.

I have dreamed of my teeth falling out onstage. The audience always screams and points. I have do idea what talent has brought me to this stage for I have no stage worthy talents IRL. The end.

I am in the midst of some other sexual act (not making out). I yank a tooth out of my mouth and must try and keep the same as previously mentioned faceless attractive man from noticing. I am confused as to why I did this but ready for him to finish so I can figure out my teeth thing.

I am in the midst of some other sexual act (not making out). I yank a tooth out of my mouth and ask faceless attractive man to please stop. I must find a mirror so that I might stare at the hole where my tooth used to be. I cry.

The end.

 

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Sarah-Grace Sweeney is a recent journalism graduate and a current gluten-free, yoga-practicing Ciara lover. In a past life she had purple hair. You can follow her at @sarahgrace317



12 Comments / Post A Comment

Sid Bayless@facebook

Yes, I do too. But what does it mean?

bitzyboozer

I have never had this dream and I want to know what THAT means.

Gilgongo

I have teeth-falling-out dreams, too. Have ever since I was a teenager (I'm 41 now). They often turn into lucid dreams now because I'm so used to them that I realize I'm dreaming during it.

A couple of years ago, I tried opening a nail polish bottle with my back teeth (REALLY REALLY STUPID!), and I felt part of my back tooth snap off from the rest. I sat there in absolute shock and was completely convinced I was dreaming. All day & the next until I could get to the dentist, I had to keep reminding myself that I wasn't in some sort of horrible nightmare that I was going to wake up from. (I ended up getting a cap for it)

I have another similar dream where I'm chewing gum, and I'm trying to get it out of my mouth, but it's stuck to my back teeth... plus there's suddenly a lot. I spend hours and hours trying to get that gum out of my mouth. One time, I was making out with John Cusack (in my dream) when this happened. I was pissed!

LuGnar

I have these too!
Most of the time I am staring at myself in a mirror and watching my teeth fall out one by one. I grind my teeth and clench my jaw while I sleep and have always figured that was causing the dreams.
A night mouth guard might help if you can trust your sleeping self to not take it out and hurl it across the room.

MarianTheLibrarian

I've definitely had teeth falling out dreams. The most recent one featured a tooth decaying and turning black, and I was trying to keep it from falling out before I could get to the dentist, but it fell out. Those dreams are so so unsettling, especially because I have lost the genetic teeth lottery, so I know my dental future is nothing but pain and sadness.

Scourgie

I'm pretty sure I've had each one of these dreams multiple times at some point.

Last year, I had a molar completely split down the middle and be loose in my mouth. The dentist then removed half the tooth while I was fully conscious. I was literally living in a nightmare.

Isabel O.H.

At least where I live (Chile), I don't know if the rest of Latin America too, there's a superstition about these dreams, so every time I dream about teeth falling, I think someone will die. I'm keeping a teeth-dream-journal to test the theory.

dee
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Aaah the timing on this, yesterday this basically CAME TRUE FOR ME IN REAL LIFE. I was just sitting on the couch and I realized that one of my back molars . . . was not shaped the way it used to be. It appears that part of my filling just fell on out and I didn't notice at the time!! D: (It is not painful and apparently not even that urgent to fix, I'm going in for it in a week or so, but VERY UNSETTLING.)

And yes, teeth dreams are universal I think. A dream-interpretation book I stole from somewhere as a teen said that it's just supposed to signify change, nothing particularly bad.

professionalmess

I have these all the time. The last couple of times I have kinda Inception-ed myself because in the dream I'll think "This is just like/worse than all the dreams" or I'll realize it's a dream, then "wake up" into another dream where I also have teeth falling out.

Oenone

I never have these dreams myself, although many of my friends do. Naked-in-public dreams, on the other hand, I am an expert at.
I heard somewhere that to our subconscious, teeth represent agency and independence (as well as being necessary to look socially acceptable), so if you're prone to teeth-falling-out dreams, it means that you're worried about losing your agency and independence (not that you're necessarily in danger of doing so in your current situation, but that it's something you fear in general.) Nakedness, on the other hand, represents the parts of yourself you don't usually share with others, so if you're naked at work in your dream and everyone's staring at you it says something different about your mental state than if you're just going about your dream life and suddenly realize you're naked but nobody has noticed or cared.
Also, GOOD NEWS!... I also heard (and gleefully choose to believe) that when you have a sex dream about someone you would NEVER want to actually have sex with it doesn't mean you're secretly attracted to them, but just that your subconscious wants to be closer to them/find out more about them. SO THAT'S ALL RIGHT THEN.
(Actually, I take it back... I did have a teeth-falling-out dream recently, but that's because I'm actually worried about some dental problems so I don't think it counts.)

sarahmel

My variation of this dream involves my braces being taken off as a teenager and having my teeth all removed one by one because they won't separate from the brackets.

semberani rent

I have ever dreamed that too Semberani

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