Teeth Dreams & Why Teeth Can Fall Out
Have you ever had a dream where your teeth were falling out? This is a common occurrence that many people experience in their dreams. This dream could correlate to tooth irritation or other dental factors, but it more than likely has to do with stress. Here, we’ll discuss teeth dreams and what to do if your tooth nightmare comes to life.
Do teeth dreams have anything to do with actual dental problems?
Teeth dreams happen more often than you may think! The cause of them may be subconscious factors such as anxiety but can also be related to tooth irritation. Also, people going through transitional phases in their lives may experience teeth dreams because of a rise in stress levels. Overall, an increase in dental distress may be a cause of your dreams and should be checked out.
So, what causes tooth loss?
There are many reasons why teeth may fall out, but two common causes are a mix of oral hygiene and dietary habits. Dentists recommend that patients brush their teeth twice a day and floss once a day. This can help prevent against cavities and tooth decay. Both decay and gum disease can weaken surrounding tissue around the teeth. This in return can cause teeth to fall out. Also, habits such as smoking, grinding your teeth, or eating sugary snacks/drinks can lead to tooth decay. Remember to have regular dental checkups to keep up with your dental hygiene!
What to do if a tooth falls out?
If a tooth falls out in real life, the first thing you should do is to visit your dentist and not an emergency room since this is considered a dental emergency. Locate your tooth and pick it up from the crown, not the root, and rinse it with either saliva or milk. Store the tooth back in your mouth if you can, if not, store the tooth in a cup of milk, not water. Lastly, act immediately! If the dentist is closed at the time of the incident, go right when it opens.
Dr. Michael Koumas is a dentist in Newburgh, NY who has been listed as one of Hudson Valley Magazine’s Top Dentists for the past decade, as well as Hudson Valley Magazine Top Doctors. Dr. Koumas is a graduate of the University of Maryland College of Dental Surgery.
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