Acupuncture practitioners use a Tooth Meridian Chart in order to help their practice. The chart is based on pathways of energy or acupuncture meridians, which span across interrelated body parts, tissues, and glands. Moreover, every single tooth is connected to a specific meridian, through which energy flows.
The chart shows that the body and mouth are interconnected. Specifically, teeth problems can have a direct impact on another organ in the human body.
For instance, the lower lateral and central incisors are on a meridian linked to the adrenal glands. As a result of this, pain or sensitivity in these teeth may suggest an adrenal function imbalance.
The Connection between Teeth and Meridians
Your mouth condition is a reflection of your overall health, according to the ancient Chinese medicine. Believe it or not, ancient Chinese medical practitioners usually examined the patient’s gums, teeth, oral cavity, and tongue before examining the rest of patient’s body.
This means that the teeth correspond to specific organs and systems.
You may experience phantom pain, i.e., pain in a tooth, which was extracted in the past. It actually illustrates the link between the teeth and other parts of the body along meridians. In fact, an extracted tooth cannot possibly be leading to pain. However, the body organ to which it used to be linked could be a culprit of your pain or discomfort.
The Science behind the Connection between Teeth and Meridians
A large number of health practitioners think that there is a correlation between oral health and overall health.
According to a 2009 study published in the journal Dental Aegis, there is a new paradigm in dentistry known as teeth as sensory organs. The receptors, which respond when a force is applied to the teeth, are known as periodontal mechanoreceptors. They are responsible for the regulation of a sequence of neural activities when you eat. In addition, they play a role in determining how fast and how hard you chew. That’s not all, they also provide sensory feedback to your brain. Furthermore, tooth pulp possesses mechanoreceptive fibers.
Mechanoreceptors are sensory end organs, which respond to mechanical stimuli like vibration, pressure, or tension.
Hence, teeth are important for neural communication. They provide unique sensory input that stimulates other biological processes.
A group of Finnish researchers isolated the genes responsible for tooth development and concluded that the same genes play a role in the development of other body organs. Moreover, in the context of cellular growth and differentiation, genes included in organ development show the risk of cancer later in life. This means that there is a correlation between the abnormal development of a tooth and cancer. What’s more, researchers also found a link between dental pulp bacteria and the development of breast cancer. In addition, chronic dental infections can lead to erectile dysfunction, stroke, and cardiovascular disease.
Here Is How to Understand the Relationship between Each Tooth and Your Overall Health:
Given the relationship between teeth health and health in other body parts, here are some health problems that have been linked to certain teeth. However, a toothache doesn’t have to mean that there is a health problem in another part of your body. But, in case the discomfort lingers, you should not ignore the possibility to examine it.
The Following Meridians Are Linked to Your Teeth:
- Canine teeth and incisors are on meridians, which are linked to the gallbladder, liver, and kidney.
- Molars and bicuspids are on meridians linked to the stomach and large intestine.
In fact, these meridians connect your teeth to many joints, muscles, glands, and organs:
- Lower and upper incisor pain can be a sign of ear, bladder, and kidney infections. It could also indicate problems with the reproductive organs and lymphatic system.
- Pain in the molar can be an indicator of rheumatism; bladder infections; intestinal and stomach ulcers; anemia; breast problems; hemorrhoids; chronic inflammation of the pancreas; and chronic gastritis, i.e., inflammation of the stomach lining.
- Wisdom teeth are associated with the intestines, liver, heart, and central nervous system. Wisdom teeth pain can indicate a headache; high blood pressure; cardiovascular disease; pain in the extremities; liver disease; and eczema.
Specific Health Issues
The relationships above can be further refined to a specific tooth and health problem:
- Lower molar pain can be an indicator of colon polyps; varicose veins; and respiratory illness such as asthma, pneumonia, and bronchitis.
- Pain in the bottom canine teeth can be a sign of problems with the circulatory system; lung dysfunction; or atherosclerosis.
- Fourth teeth pain (bottom and top) could suggest joint pain and joint disease, such as arthritis; and large intestine and lung problems.
- Premolar or bicuspid teeth pain can be an indicator of colitis; an allergic reaction; pneumonia; or dysbacteriosis (intestinal flora imbalance).
- Chronic canine teeth pain can indicate liver or gallbladder inflammation.
- First incisor pain can suggest a tonsil or prostate infection.
In holistic dentistry, each part of the human body is directly correlated to a particular tooth or area of the mouth through the body’s meridians. Additionally, this correlation is too strong, so that it is possible to determine a patient’s dental history by examining the physical symptoms and correlating the energy flow as it moves through the meridians.
In biological dentistry, dentists use non-toxic restorative materials for dental work. They typically focus on the unrecognized effect that hidden dental infections, dead teeth, and dental toxins can have on the patient’s overall health.
In fact, infected past extraction sites, tooth decay, root canaled teeth, materials used in restorations, and periodontal disease could affect a patient’s overall health.