Aside from knowing the pressure points in our body, acupuncturists have a tooth chart of meridians which helps them do their job. They believe that every tooth in our jaw is connected to an organ in our body. They use this knowledge to diagnose and find proper treatment for the body parts that correspond to an aching tooth. For instance, our adrenal glands are on the meridian that connects them with our lateral and lower central incisors. If you feel pain in these teeth you may be suffering from adrenal function imbalance.
Meridians and Teeth
As we already mentioned, an injured tooth could be an indicator for a certain problem in a remote body part. If you have a root canal procedure done in the second bicuspid it may affect your lungs or breasts. It’s quite common for people to feel pain in a tooth that has already been extracted a long time ago. This pain is often referred to as phantom pain. This type of experience further demonstrates how teeth and other body parts are connected via meridians. It goes without saying that a tooth that has been extracted couldn’t possibly be causing you pain. However, the organ to which it was connected may be the where the pain originates.
There are more and more health practitioners convinced in a link between our overall health and oral health.
According to a study from 2009 published in the Dental Aegisreviewed journal there’s a new paradigm in dentistry – ‘teeth as sensory organs’. Receptors in our teeth are in charge of a number of neural activities while we eat. These receptors control how fast we chew, how hard we chew and give feedback to our brain. Our tooth pulp contains these receptors.
A study conducted in Finland managed to isolate the genes in charge of tooth development. They were able to determine that these same genes are also in charge of other organs development. Some studies have found a link between abnormal tooth development and cancer. Moreover, chronic dental infections can increase the risk of stroke, heart problems and erectile dysfunction.
Meridian Tooth Chart
Having in mind how the health of our teeth and our overall well-being are connected you probably want to know how to identify which tooth is linked to which organ. Below you will find which tooth is connected to which organ but bear in mind that no always a toothache means you have a health problem. Sometimes a toothache is just a toothache. But if the pain persists and you dentists can’t find a problem with your teeth you may want to consider the following chart.
- Canine teeth and incisors are connected to the liver, kidneys and gallbladder.
- Molars and bicuspids are linked to the stomach and large intestine.
- If your lower or upper incisors ache you may suffer from bladder or kidney problems. They also may point to ear infections or problems with the reproductive or lymphatic system.
- Pain in the molars may indicate intestinal and stomach ulcers, anemia, chronic gastritis, bladder infections, hemorrhoids, breast health, chronic inflammation of the pancreas or rheumatism.
- Our wisdom teeth are linked to the nervous system, liver, heart and intestines. They could be a sign of hypertension, eczema, liver problems, headaches and cardiovascular problems.
A More Specific Guide to Toothache
The general links and connections mentioned above can be examined more closely.
- If your first incisor aches you it may be linked to tonsil or prostate infection.
- Canine teeth chronic pain can be linked to gallbladder or liver inflammation.
- Premolar teeth pain can be indicative of pneumonia, allergies, intestinal flora imbalance or colitis.
- If your fourth tooth aches you it may be a sign of joint problems, lung issues or large intestine problems.
- Pain in the bottom canines can be linked to circulatory system disorders or lung issues.
- Lower molars pain can be a sign of colon polyps, varicose veins and respiratory issues.