Do you dream about your teeth falling out?
A new study has revealed what the most common dream is in every country, and dental people need to take notice!
By country, the most common dream topic seems to be snakes. Our neighbors in South America must worry a lot about creepy crawlers, as spiders, rats, and lice join snakes in the dream team there. Pregnancy seems to be a fertile one in many countries, especially Europe. But strangely only two countries, including Ghana, have “sex” as the most frequent dream. (Maybe due to all the “Ghana-cologists?”)
But here’s where it gets really strange for us. In most of the English speaking world (US, Canada, UK, Australia, New Zealand) the number one dream by far is “teeth falling out!” What the heck? Dream theorists (yes there is such a thing) believe that this dream shows lack of self-confidence or embarrassment.
But whatever the case, this means that when we are speaking with patients about improving their dental health, whether through perio therapy, restorative treatment, or good old prevention, most of our patients are highly concerned about their teeth being a source of possible embarrassment or lack of confidence. Keep that in mind when discussing not just the benefits of treatment, but the consequences of doing nothing. (You knew I was going to slide a dental lesson in there, didn’t you?)
Here’s the whole map for your enjoyment.