About This Chart
The Meridian Tooth Chart explores how the oral cavity is related to the rest of the body. Using this chart, we invite patients to learn more about the interconnected nature of the human body. To begin, select a tooth on the interactive chart above. Then, read how that tooth is related to other organs and body systems!
History of the Meridian Tooth Chart
The Meridian Tooth Chart has origins that trace as far back as ancient China, nearly 5,000 years ago. But to understand how the Meridian Tooth Chart links oral health issues with other body ailments, it’s helpful to first understand the ancient Chinese concept of energy medicine and meridians.
Energy Medicine and Meridians
Energy medicine studies the nature and impact of the human body’s natural energy flow. Before dismissing energy medicine as outdated mysticism, it’s interesting to note that there are well-established examples of how energy is utilized in modern medicine:
- Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is used by a variety of health professionals and hospitals to diagnose certain conditions and illnesses. This type of energy is magnetism.
- Cardiac pacemakers are used to regulate heartbeat in patients with heart conditions. This type of energy is an electro-pulse.
- Ultraviolet light radiation is used to stimulate the brain and trigger the release of feel-good hormones to help individuals who suffer with season affective disorder (SAD). This type of energy is light energy.
In ancient China, enlightened practitioners began to draw parallels between an individual’s energy and the manifestation of certain body ailments. Over centuries of diligent study, the Chinese eventually mapped the flow of energy through the human body in what became known as the meridian chart.
Meridians: Linking the Body with the Teeth
The Meridian Tooth Chart above illustrates a key concept in holistic dentistry: The teeth and gums are a direct reflection of total body wellness. The Meridian Tooth Chart helps to demystify the complex connections between oral cavity and total body, enabling you to select a single tooth to learn more about the other organs and body systems that are connected to it via energy meridians.
Putting it all together. Using the Meridian Tooth Chart, patients can use their “problem teeth” as a starting point to uncover additional organs and body systems that might also be at risk. According to energy medicine, imbalances in the flow of energy may cause disturbances along that meridian in the body. When a certain tooth (or teeth) are suffering, the corresponding organs and body systems that share that meridian are likely to suffer as well.
Learn More About Holistic Dentistry
At Assure A Smile, we take a holistic approach to dentistry that remains aware of how the teeth and gums are intricately connected to the entire body. Diagnosis, treatment, and care is based on patients’ needs given these connections. To experience holistic dentistry firsthand, schedule an appointment online or call our friendly front desk at 305-274-0047.