The tooth-body connection

Ever seen a reflexology chart, or an iridology chart? It should come as no surprise then that there are points within our jawbones—at specific tooth sites—that correspond to areas of the entire body, as well.

One of the foundational concepts of biological dentistry practised at the ISHSKO Centre, Westport is the awareness of relationships between the teeth, gums and other oral tissues and the rest of the body. On one level, this is just common sense: after all, your mouth is physically connected to the rest of you. Yet even today, many dentists continue to treat the mouth in isolation, as if what happens there has no impact on the rest of the body. Happily, though, many more are finally beginning appreciate the relationships between oral health and systemic health—for instance, the connections between heart disease and gum disease.

But there is a deeper relationship, as well, and it stems from the influence of traditional Chinese medicine and its concept of the body’s meridians. Generally speaking, these are the channels along which qi (chi ) – psychophysical energy – flows through the body. Each meridian runs through any number of body structures and organs. If there are blockages or disruptions in any given meridian, dysfunction can occur in any organ or structure located on that meridian. Thus, it’s not uncommon to find that, for instance, people with problems in their first premolar may have gastrointestinal problems, as well, since that tooth lies on the same meridian as the large intestine and stomach.

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