What Do Teeth Symbolize in Dreams?
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What Do Teeth Symbolize in Dreams?

Teeth are a common dream symbol that can represent a variety of meanings. As Christians, we believe that God may speak to us through our dreams, so paying attention to the messages and symbolism in them can provide valuable insight into our spiritual lives. In this blog post, we’ll explore the biblical and spiritual significance of dreams about teeth from an Evangelical and Charismatic perspective. Get ready to chew on God’s truth!


Have you ever had a peculiar dream about your teeth? Maybe they were falling out, crumbling, rotting, or being pulled out. Or perhaps your teeth grew too large or became pointed like vampire fangs. Whatever the case, dreams about teeth can be disturbing and strange. But what do they mean spiritually?

Teeth dreams are often thought to symbolize anxiety about your appearance, loss of power/control, or feelings of vulnerability. However, as Christians we can dig deeper into the spiritual meanings. By looking at scriptural references and the prophetic symbolism of teeth, we can uncover how God may be speaking to us through these memorable dreams.

In this blog post, we’ll explore what teeth represent in the Word of God. We’ll see how teeth in dreams can symbolize everything from sinful words and lies to spiritual nourishment and life itself. By looking at what teeth meant biblically and seeking the Holy Spirit’s guidance, you can better understand the spiritual significance when teeth show up in your dreams.

Ready to sink your teeth into this teaching? Let’s get started!

Key Takeaways:

  • Teeth symbolize our words, maturity, and vitality in the Bible
  • Losing teeth in dreams can signal a loss of power or control
  • Rotten teeth can represent sin, lies, or impurity in your words
  • Growing teeth symbolizes gaining maturity and wisdom
  • Vampire-like teeth indicate demonic lies or spiritual attack
  • Having your teeth pulled out in a dream can depict feeling vulnerable or losing authority
  • White, healthy teeth represent life, nourishment, and blessing
  • Clenched teeth portray holding back words or lacking trust in God’s provision

Teeth Represent Our Words and Spiritual Maturity

In both real life and dreams, our teeth are linked to our mouth and speech. The Bible has a lot to say about the power of our words! Proverbs 18:21 states, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue.” Our words can either speak life or death. Likewise, our words can either bless God and others or curse them.

Since teeth are so connected to our mouths and speech, at the most basic level they symbolize our words and how we communicate. Rotten, missing, or malformed teeth in dreams can depict problems, sin, or impurity in the words coming out of your mouth. Having radiant white teeth may indicate you are speaking life and blessing with your words.

Teeth imagery can also symbolize spiritual maturity and growth. Like teeth develop and grow as a child matures, our faith is meant to mature over our lives. 1 Corinthians 14:20 (NKJV) encourages this: “Brethren, do not be children in understanding; however, in malice be babes, but in understanding be mature.” Child-like teeth or losing teeth in dreams may signal a need for spiritual growth and maturity.

Losing Teeth Represents a Loss of Power

One of the most common dreams about teeth involves them falling out, crumbling, or being pulled from your mouth. This disturbing dream is often thought to symbolize a loss of power, control, or authority.

In the Bible, taking out someone’s teeth was a way to conquer enemies and humble the proud. The prophet Isaiah warned the people of Judah that God would take away their power, pictured by their teeth being knocked out:

In that day the Lord will take away the beauty of their anklets, headbands, crescent ornaments; their earrings, bracelets, and veils; the headdresses, ankle chains, sashes, perfume bottles, and charms; the signet rings and nose rings; the festive robes, capes, cloaks, and purses; the mirrors, linen garments, tiaras, and shawls. Instead of fragrance there will be a stench; instead of a sash, a rope; instead of styled hair, baldness; instead of fine clothing, sackcloth; instead of beauty, branding.” (Isaiah 3:18-24 NKJV)

Rather than trusting in God’s strength, the people of Judah had become prideful and relied on their wealth, possessions, and outward beauty. Through Isaiah, God warned He would strip away these status symbols they worshipped – including knocking out their teeth as a sign of their conquered pride.

So if you dream about losing teeth or having them destroyed, it may indicate God is highlighting an area of pride He wants to humble in your life. Submit to Him, trusting in His power rather than yours. The Apostle James advises, “Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up.” (James 4:10 NKJV). Let Him strengthen you in your weakest places.

Rotten Teeth Represent Impurity and Sin

Seeing rotten, black, or decaying teeth in a dream is another common variation. In addition to concerns about your outward appearance, rotten teeth can symbolize sin, impurity, or lies contaminating your speech.

In the Bible, teeth are sometimes associated with leviathan, a sea monster picturing Satan. Job 41:14 describes, “His teeth are terrible round about.” Rather than producing nourishing milk, Satan spews destructive lies and sin. Rotten teeth in a dream may represent words, thoughts, or temptations from the enemy poisoning your heart and mouth.

But praise God – you have authority in Christ to rebuke Satan and resist his attempts to corrupt you! James 4:7 instructs, “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” Ask Jesus to wash your heart in His cleansing blood and refresh you with His living water of truth.

Rotten or black teeth can also symbolize sin and death at work in your words. The Prophet Zechariah rebuked the people of Judah for insincere worship, saying, “Your words have been stout against Me. Your words have been harsh???Yet they put forth their lips and mumble against Me as if they had beards. I will accept you???when I see your lips moving and your teeth not be stained.” (Zechariah 7:12-13 NKJV).

God desires truth and sincerity – not lip service and sin-stained words. Ask Him to purify your speech and rid your mouth of anything impure. May your words shine with His holiness as you speak righteousness!

Growing Teeth Represents Maturing in Wisdom

Not all teeth dreams involve loss. You may dream that your teeth keep growing or morph into animal-like fangs. Strange as it may seem, this can actually be positive symbolism.

Rather than loss of power, growing teeth represent maturing in wisdom and authority. As you grow in your faith walk with Jesus, you mature spiritually and gain greater discernment. Receiving new teeth in a dream signals that spiritual growth.

In Daniel 7:7, the prophet also saw a vision of the Antichrist portrayed as a beast with “great iron teeth”. While this represents the evil power of the Antichrist’s kingdom, iron symbolizes strength and longevity. Your spiritual teeth are meant to be strong and enduring.

So if you dream of teeth growing larger or stronger, God may be showing you that you are maturing in spiritual wisdom, discernment, and authority in Him. “When I was a child, I spoke as a child???But when I became a man, I put away childish things.” (1 Corinthians 13:11 NKJV). Rejoice in growing more mature in Christ!

Vampire-Like Teeth Represent Demonic Lies

If your teeth morph into pointed fangs or vampire teeth in a dream, this can picture demonic influences at work. The biting, blood-sucking teeth of vampires represent demonic spiritual forces seeking to devour, deceive, and destroy you.

Like vampires, Satan comes “to steal, kill, and destroy.” (John 10:10). He wants to sink his teeth into you and infect you with his evil, impure thoughts and temptations. Pointed teeth dreams are a call to guard your heart and mind against the enemy’s attacks.

But take heart – the One who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world (1 John 4:4)! Jesus Christ has delivered you from the kingdom of darkness and “broken the power of him who holds the power of death – that is, the devil.” (Hebrews 2:14). Through His blood, you have victory over all the power of the enemy. Keep your eyes on Jesus!

Having Teeth Pulled Out Represents Losing Authority

If your dream features someone extracting or pulling out your teeth forcefully, it can depict feelings of disempowerment, vulnerability, or loss of authority. Like having teeth destroyed, losing teeth this way represents being conquered or dominated by others.

The Bible warns against trusting in human strength or earthly authority figures over the Lord. Isaiah 2:22 exhorts: “Stop regarding man in whose nostrils is breath, for of what account is he?” And Jesus said “Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’ says the Lord Almighty.” (Zechariah 4:6).

God may be reminding you through this dream not to rely on your own strength and status or seek approval from man. Fully surrender to His leadership and authority in your life. He promises, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness.” (2 Corinthians 12:9 NKJV) as you humble yourself and trust in Him.

White Teeth Represent Life, Health, and Blessing

After all these disturbing teeth dreams, isn’t it nice to end on an uplifting note? Seeing pearly white, healthy teeth in a dream is a positive sign representing vitality, blessing, and life.

The book of Proverbs pictures wisdom bringing forth life-giving words: “She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue.” (Proverbs 31:26 NKJV). White teeth represent the wholesome, nourishing words God’s wisdom produces through you.

Daniel 7:9 also describes the “Ancient of Days” on his heavenly throne: “His clothing was as white as snow; the hair of his head was white like wool.” Here, the whiteness symbolizes God’s purity, righteousness, and divinity. White teeth thus point to sharing God’s heavenly life and wisdom.

So smile and rejoice if you dream about radiant pearly whites! It likely signifies that you are abounding in spiritual life, health, and the Lord’s blessings. Your words are shining with the light and purity of Christ Himself. Hallelujah!

Clenched Teeth Represent Holding Back Words or Needs

Finally, pay attention if you dream your teeth are tightly clenched or you can’t open your mouth fully. This can symbolize holding back words or hesitating to communicate important thoughts or needs. God may want you to let go and speak freely.

Ecclesiastes 3:7 says there is “a time to keep silence, and a time to speak.” Seek wisdom from the Holy Spirit about when to refrain your words and when to speak boldly. Don’t hold back words He prompts you to share or keep silent when He says to speak.

Clenched teeth can also represent maintaining control, trusting in yourself, or biting your tongue when you should cry out to God instead. The Bible says to “cast all your cares on Him, for He cares for you.” (1 Peter 5:7 NKJV). Let go of anxiety and surface level “peace keeping” to express your needs to Abba Father.

Ask the Lord for boldness to fully speak or fully trust what’s on your heart. James 1:5 promises, “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.” He’ll guide you in both graceful silence and courageous speech.

Conclusion: Chew on God’s Truth

What a feast of spiritual insight about teeth symbolism we’ve explored! To wrap up, let’s review the key takeaways:

  • Teeth represent our words, spiritual maturity, and vitality
  • Losing teeth symbolizes losing power or control
  • Rotten teeth depict sin or impurity affecting your speech
  • Growing teeth means maturing in spiritual wisdom and authority
  • Vampire-like teeth reveal demonic attacks seeking to devour
  • Having teeth extracted in dreams means feeling disempowered
  • White, healthy teeth indicate blessings, life, and wholesome words
  • Clenched teeth represent holding back important words or needs

I hope this breakdown gives you something to chew on next time teeth appear in your dreams! Although disturbing, these common dreams can provide valuable spiritual insights if we seek God’s revelation.

Ask the Holy Spirit to interpret the symbolism and highlight any issues needing attention like sin, spiritual attacks, or growth areas. Use these revelations for your good, growth, and intimacy with Christ. He promises that those “who meditate on [God’s] precepts???are blessed!” (Psalm 119:2 NKJV).

As you feast on His Word, may you maturity in wisdom and authority. May your words bring forth heavenly life and shine with the purity and radiance of Jesus Himself. God bless you with stronger spiritual teeth and deeper intimacy with Him through understanding your dreams!

Pastor Duke Taber
Pastor Duke Taber

Pastor Duke Taber

All articles have been written or reviewed by Pastor Duke Taber.
Pastor Duke Taber is an alumnus of Life Pacific University and Multnomah Biblical Seminary.
He has been in pastoral ministry since 1988.
Today he is the owner and managing editor of 3 successful Christian websites that support missionaries around the world.
He is currently starting a brand new church in Mesquite NV called Mesquite Worship Center, a Non-Denominational Spirit Filled Christian church in Mesquite Nevada.