The Breaking Teeth Dream: What Does it Mean?

Ever have a dream where you wake up wondering “what the hell was that supposed to mean?” I had that dream recently, and it was a very vivid one. I remember all of the crazy details about it, too. I call it my breaking teeth dream.

My breaking teeth dream started with a party at my grandparent’s house. My mom’s whole family was there, and we were all doing the things we normally do when at my grandparents. We were also all doing weird things we don’t normally do. We were gardening, doing stuff on the computer, and all of my cousins were little kids running around chasing their children. Weird. My Nana, who passed away almost 5 years ago, was also there.

Anyways,I was talking and my teeth started to fall out. But I kept talking and ended up biting and breaking them. I knew this was weird, so I asked my mom what I should do. She called my dentist, but it was the weekend and they were closed. Someone told us that their was a 24/7 dentist in a grocery store a couple of towns over. So weird.

So I went over to the 24/7 dentist in the grocery store and tried not to talk too much or else more teeth would crumble. More weirdness happened there too, and I met all kinds of people you would guess to meet at a 24/7 dentist who worked in a grocery store. Long story short, the dentist took all of my broken teeth, fixed them up, and popped them back in. I was good as new!

The Breaking Teeth Dream: What Does it Mean?

So what exactly did my breaking teeth dream mean? Well I Googled it and found this:

A dream featuring teeth crumbling generally represents feelings of powerlessness. This teeth dream imagery reflects insecurity you are currently experiencing in some area of your life. The concerns could be about personal health, body image, relationship or job related. When you see you teeth crumble in your dream, you are reminded of the cost of a decision you’ve made or a dilemma that can be costly or risky. Crumbling teeth dreams can be a call to look at what is falling apart in your life and need some attention.

As a general rule, teeth falling out in dreams symbolize transition times. This type of dream echoes the emotional disturbances you may be experiencing as you or your environment is going through a period of change. 

 Your interpretation may focus on a few negative meanings, such as insecurity or fear of loss. Keep in mind that this symbol also has positive meanings, including a new direction in life and renewal.

And what do you know?! I’ve been stressing out over my “body image” lately. I am disgusted with the extra weight I’m carrying around and with the way I look and feel. I know I need to start working out and eating right, and I’m stressing myself out more because I haven’t done it yet.

If you've ever had the breaking teeth dream, you are probably wondering what the heck it means to be crunching away on broken teeth. Here's the answer.

Now I also want to mention that this must be a pretty common dream because there is actually a website called teethfallingoutdream.org! And it’s all about breaking teeth dreams and such. Proof that everything has its own website these days.

Have you ever had a crazy-weird dream like my breaking teeth dream? Did you look it up to find out what it meant?

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Tips For Taking Care Of Dry Winter Skin

Besides the fact that I am definitely NOT a fan of winter because I hate the cold, another reason that I’m so anti-winter is because it leads to dry winter skin. Itchy, red, irritated, skin. No matter how much lotion I put on myself, I still feel like I have the skin of a snake.

My poor Lila not only gets dry winter skin, but also suffers from eczema.  US News recently reported an increase in eczema cases in children in the US. If you are unfamiliar with eczema, it’s an allergic, chronic skin condition that usually starts in childhood, and causes patches of skin to become dry, inflamed and often intensely itchy. It’s awful, and it gets much worse during the winter months.

So how to take care of that dry winter skin? The good news is that there are lots of (simple) ways to decrease your chances of suffering! Everybody knows that using moisturizers on dry winter skin is essential, but what else can you do? I’ve got some tips…

Tips For Taking Care of Dry Winter Skin

Sunscreen
Applying sunscreen is just as important throughout the winter months as it is during summer months. Daily application of sunscreen on the face should never be forgotten; you can buy facial moisturizers with sunscreen in them, and it’s probably the simplest way not to skip the sunscreen. Don’t forget to protect your lips, too! Use lip balm that has at least SPF 30 for best results.

If dry winter skin is a problem for you and your family, I have several simple tips for taking care of it that you can start using today. Don't forget the sunscreen! #OTCSafety
This picture was taken on New Year’s Day 2014, so you can tell that we actually do use sunscreen year round here. Just remember when you are using over-the-counter (OTC ) medications…and that includes sunscreen…it’s always important to read the label to help treat kids with dry skin to always read the label first before applying.

Protect Your Fingers and Tootsies

If dry winter skin is a problem for you and your family, I have several simple tips for taking care of it that you can start using today. Don't forget the sunscreen! #OTCSafety
Whether you are washing dishes in hot water or out in the snow, your hands will be the first to show the signs of miserable dry winter skin. And your feet are right behind (or underneath!) them.

The skin on your hands is thinner than most other body parts and has fewer oil glands, which leads to itchiness and cracking because it’s hard to keep moisture in them. So keep extra moisturizing lotion by the sink in the kitchen and bathroom and in the car. And use it faithfully throughout the day. I LOVE Avon’s Silicone Glove because it is super hydrating and feels silky when you apply it. It immediately softens dry winter skin, and believe it or not, it lasts even after washing your hands! Its price also gets extra bonus points.

As far as your feet go, dry, dead skin is the problem. You’ll need moisturizers that contain petroleum jelly or glycerine. I actually use petroeum jelly every night when I go to bed, and cover my feet with socks to keep it off my bedding. You can also use exfoliants to get dead skin off – add it to a shower once a week.

Use A Humidifier
Nope, not just when the kids are sick, but all winter season. Turning on your heater or space heaters throws a ton of extremely hot, dry air into your home. Humidifiers help get more moisture back into the air, which keeps skin from drying out.

Banish Hot Baths and Showers

Sorry, I know there’s nothing better than a steamy, hot shower when it’s cold outside. But it’s so bad for your skin! All that hot water breaks down the lipid barriers found in your skin and leads to a loss of moisture. No bueno.

If you must have a hot bath or shower, try taking one for a shorter amount of time. And moisturize as soon as you get out!

Use More Moisturizer

My husband despises using moisturizers on his body, and his skin shows it. But I use it religiously and slather it on the kids in ridiculous amounts too. You’ll want to use an oil-based moisturizer because oil creates a protective layer on the skin, which in turn retains more moisture than a cream or lotion. And here’s a helpful hint when you’re shopping for the perfect dry winter skin moisturizer: lotions labeled as “night creams” are usually oil-based. And if all else fails, a lukewarm bath with oatmeal or baking soda can help relieve dry, itchy skin.If you are still suffering, it may be time to see a dermatologist.

If dry winter skin is a problem for you and your family, I have several simple tips for taking care of it that you can start using today. Don't forget the sunscreen! #OTCSafety
My friends at OTC Safety have even more tips for taking care of dry winter skin. Check out their Guide to Winter Skin. For more information about over-the-counter medicine safety, you can check out my posts I’ve written as an OTCsafety Ambassador and follow CHPA on Pinterest for even more.

What tips can you share to take care of dry winter skin? 

Disclaimer: I’m being compensated as an OTCSafety Blogger, though all thoughts, opinions, and suggestions expressed here are my own. Keep up-to-date on OTCSafety information by visiting the OTCSafety website  and by following them on Pinterest.