Rotten Teeth

Rotten Teeth

Uncover Hidden Dream Meanings

Rotting teeth in dreams are common.

When you come across a dream concerning rotten teeth, it is often that something important to you will say goodbye for good. It can be a thing, a person, or even something concerning your career. It is a dream which represents loss or fear of losing something. These things are part of the cycle of life; we just need to embrace it and usually, there is little that can be done to avoid the loss.

Life is stressful and people turn to modern food for speed, this, in turn, results in tooth decay. In dreams, our teeth represent our own identity and rotting teeth and decay can indicate that you need to take on more responsibility. Are you willing to do so? In life, food choices have a direct impact on our teeth such as junk good. Tooth decay in dreams indicates our health and the longevity of how we can keep working at our goals. Here I am going to discuss this valuable dream and what it can mean to dream of tooth decay or fillings.

If you see mercury fillings in the dream this could be problematic. Mercury affects the body in many ways and can in some rare cases produce toxicity if you are finding that you dream of fillings then this is connected to your mouth and you need to save someone from making the wrong decisions. The rotting teeth can signify many different avenues in your current life which I will run through now.

Feeling empty

Rotten teeth are often associated with feeling empty and not understanding what is important. The rotten teeth dream is a sign that something from your past might prevent you from moving forward. This is a positive dream (to some degree) because you’re going to be able to overcome some difficulties and problems. The teeth are connected to our sense of trust and power in our own ability.


Rotting teeth are also representative of the self. If you are feeling unhealthy or not focused then trying to focus yourself on your own well-being. I often see these dreams when people are working too much or committing to too many endeavors.


Tooth decay is like being lost in a sea of confusion. This is because in reality, our hormones are responsible for the decay process and of course our life choices.


There is a focus on rebuilding yourself, just like a dentist replenishes your teeth and brings balance. As a result, it is a message to build your life and reverse the onset of deterioration.

What is the spiritual meaning of rotten teeth?

Spiritually speaking rotting teeth in dreams is connected to our whole body. Our body is made up of “energy” including our nerves and biological genes. Thus, rotting teeth run through all our nerves. This can present itself in many different ways during the dream state. So the body connects to the mouth, this dream indicates “being spiritual.”

Healthy: As I have already mentioned the teeth represent our own health. If you don’t have a great diet then your body cannot repair itself. This is a message from above that you could be severely limited in terms of your health and well-being. Try to cut down processed sugar and flour products. Or foods that cause rotten teeth - for example that are overly acidic.

Advice: Rotten teeth in dreams are presented as a package “to work on yourself more.” Curing your rotten teeth might not be possible in the dream state. There are concepts that can mend your own mental health and physical after having such a dream. This will require embracing new concepts and new ideas. There is no other way to it, the key message is that you need to focus on yourself.

What does it mean to dream of rotten teeth falling out?

Oh… this old chestnut! It is quite common to see teeth falling out everywhere and of course: rotten in dreams. There is an old wives tale that loosing teeth can represent death - but I don’t really buy into this. Rotten teeth falling out in dreams indicates losing something important.

What does it mean to dream of broken rotten teeth?

If the teeth are broken or falling out then the dream is all about control and trying to find ways to move forward. As I have already said the dream of rotten teeth is also about feeling quite stressed but if this is a recurring dream then it can also imply being judged by other people. It can point to feeling low and that you need to work on a more positive self-image.

What is the detailed dream interpretation of rotten teeth?

Dreaming about rotten teeth can be interpreted in a number of negative ways and typically is not a positive dream. It can be a symbol of loss of confidence or something important to us as teeth often represent feeling attractive, having money, or being able to be yourself. It is also a reminder to deal with our unfinished business or that you need to take care of something important before it fails. The teeth themselves can represent a loss or rot in your own life that you cannot hide. A rotten tooth is a warning sign that if we do not do the things that we must do, we will face terrible consequences. There is a chance that we might face an imminent loss of someone who is close to us.

If you dream about a dentist trying to pull rotten teeth, it is a sign that you need a help in order for you to move on and let go of that emotion. You are finding it hard to release your emotion and chases are you need the support of someone and that is why you are dreaming of a dentist fixing your rotten teeth.

In the event that you dream about rotten teeth and you are not doing anything to fix it, it simply means that you don’t want to let go of the relationship that you created with a special someone. Often this will represent a friendship or relationship which is toxic and bad for you. I advise you to seek the help of your support group. I understand why you don’t want to let go but you are just doing more harm to yourself. Do not be too hard on yourself, learn to move on and look at the better things.

Fixing rotten teeth is a sign that you are trying to move on, it is also a sign that you are trying to fix something that can no longer be fixed. Trying to pick yourself up and continuing your life is a good sign, but if you just want to forget the thing that hurt you, then don’t. A wound has to bleed before it cures. Cry, shout, do whatever you like to release that pain and when you are ready you will know it. A time will come that you already tired of hurting and you need to think about the other people in your life. It is fine to be afraid when losing a part of us that has been so important on our well-being, but time has come that we have to let go of them. Goodbyes are inevitable and we must experience them, cry if you must, but remember that there are other people surrounding you that also need your attention. You might not notice it but you are not the only one hurting for what is happening.

What does it mean to dream of a dentist?

A dentist is a symbol of authority in a dream. Seeing a dentist pulling out rotten teeth or that they are decaying indicates that you need to move on in life. The time to focus on yourself is near. In my early years, I kept dreaming of rotting teeth. More recently these dreams occurred again. After reading all the dream meanings in my large library I decided that this was due to having a poor diet. In particular, I kept dreaming of having my teeth pulled and traumatic anesthesia. Dental treatment in a dream is associated with finding the right cause of action. This is all about how to stop problems. The cavities are your problems. You will be surprised to learn that teeth are not supposed to decay, (I never knew that) they are designed to be strong but why does it happen? This is due to diet. Spiritually, this dream can mean you need to review your own diet.

What does it mean to see other people with rotten teeth?

A few users have emailed me about seeing their relatives with rotten teeth. This can indicate that they need to look after their health better. It could also mean an emotional tie to this particular person. It is like an egg is hatching and that these emotions regarding this person are inside. If the person with rotten teeth in the dream is someone you do not know then this dream can just mean that you are reflecting on your own life right now.

Dreams concerning rotten teeth

  • Falling out or rotten teeth.
  • A dentist pulling rotten teeth.
  • You have a rotten tooth and you’re not doing anything to fix it.
  • A rotten tooth that keeps getting worse.
  • Fixing rotten teeth.
  • Being embarrasses of your teeth.
  • Seeing other people with rotten teeth.
  • Kissing someone with rotten teeth.

Elements associated with this dream

  • You are going to lose something.
  • You need a help of someone to endure the pain of letting go.
  • You are having a difficulty in breaking the bonds that you created.
  • The loss of someone dear to you is taking a toll on you.
  • You are trying to move on.

Feelings that you may have encountered during a dream of a rotten teeth

Pain, anxiety, worry, sorrow, anguish, embarrassment, insecurity, ugly, or sad.

By Florance Saul
Mar 19, 2013