A friend just posted something on my facebook page about a dream he had. In the dream, his teeth were being pulled out, though it didn’t hurt and he noticed that his teeth were very large. It reminded me that this dream image, while not necessarily in the top five (falling, flying, being chased and being stuck) is absolutely universal and for those who have it, it can be very, very disturbing. This was one of the most prominent recurring dreams of my own throughout my twenties and into my early thirties, so I’ve given this one a good deal of thought and here’s what I’ve come up with.
Teeth do three things for us. Firstly, they help us nourish ourselves by preparing our food for digestion. In fact, in order to truly benefit from anything we take into our bodies, our teeth must work effectively. Secondly, we learn how to attract love by revealing them in a smile. Try it sometime; it works! Thirdly, we protect ourselves with aggression by revealing them in a snarl.
So: nourishment, love and protection. Without these three key ingredient’s our sense of security would be seriously eroded. In this way, security itself is the essential meaning of any dream that connects to losing teeth. The context of the dream, what I call the Dreaming Lens, can offer you insight to deepen this generalized, universal interpretation. Please feel free to share with me your dreams of losing your teeth and together, we’ll try to build back a sense of feeling secure: loved, protected and nourished!