DREAMING about your teeth falling out is right up there as one of the most distressing nightmares you can have.
It’s the sort that can wake you with a jolt and make it hard to fall back into a peaceful sleep.
If you thought you were the only one who suffered from the particular nightmare, you’d be wrong.
It turns out it’s a pretty common one, and for many people it’s a recurring dream.
So why do we imagine혻losing all our pearly whites while in the land of nod?
Turns out there’s a whole host of reasons – funnily enough none of which involve nerves leading up to a trip to the dentist.
Jungian psychotherapist Richard Nicoletti told The Huffington Post:혻“It could mean the dreamer?셲 ability to assess emotional experiences was being interfered with.
“When the teeth fall out, one’s survival is challenged, one’s ability to eat, so it could mean disease.”
He also reckoned it could be work-related.
Nicoletti continued: “If it’s a person other than the dreamer whose teeth are falling out, the dreamer may have an issue with the person, who may be a superior at work, for example.
“The dream may indicate that the fear of the person in waking life is overstated.”
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Nicoletti also suggested혻these dreams could혻be tied to the sleeper’s preoccupation혻with ageing.
He explained: “In the West, ageing is feared and repressed as much as possible.
“Losing teeth… therefore, would be a graphic illustration of a metaphorical death sentence or reminder of death.”
There are other theories too – one of which is a혻Freudian psychology belief that a woman dreaming about her teeth falling out is subconsciously longing to have children.
When it comes to blokes, it can mean they’re scared of혻castration.
Well, who wouldn’t be?