The holistic dentistry regards teeth in the larger contest of full-body health. The mouth and the teeth are no longer viewed and treated in isolation but as part of the rest of the body.
According to Dr. Andrew Weil, M.D.:
“Holistic dentists use natural therapies (often in combination with conventional ones) to prevent, diagnose, and treat diseases of the oral cavity.
Oral health is crucial for overall health. The oral cavity is the starting point and portal for many microbial infections to enter the bloodstream. Oral health may be a risk factor for, indicate the presence of, or exacerbate the effects of diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, and stroke. The human immune-deficiency virus (HIV) may first exhibit symptoms in the mouth. People with periodontal disease have more difficulty controlling their blood sugar. And 95% of Americans with diabetes have gum disease.
The incidence of premature and low birth weight babies is linked to gum disease as well. Those with respiratory infections may have greater difficulty breathing when oral health is compromised.
Poor oral health also contributes to depression and other mental health conditions. It can affect social interaction, intimacy, and contribute to low self-esteem.”
It is believed that each tooth is linked to the health and wellness of some other part in the body, so a toothache in a specific place in the oral cavity can be a sign of some other health issue.
The meridians that connect to the teeth include:
- Incisors and canine teeth are linked to the kidney, liver, and gallbladder.
- The meridians from bicuspids and molars are connected to the large intestine and stomach.
These meridians link the teeth to various organs, glands, muscles, and joints in the body:
- Molar pain can be a sign of rheumatism, anemia, stomach and intestinal ulcers, breast health, chronic gastritis (inflammation of the stomach lining), hemorrhoids, bladder infections, and chronic inflammation of the pancreas.
- Wisdom teeth can signal headaches, heart disease, high blood pressure, eczema, liver disease, and pain in the extremities.
- Pain in the upper and lower incisors can be a symptom of kidney, bladder, and ear infections as well as issues with the lymphatic system and reproductive organs.
Moreover, these links can be also explained in details:
- Pain in the first incisor indicates prostate or tonsil infection.
- Chronic pain in the canine teeth signals liver or gallbladder inflammation
- Pain in the bicuspid (premolar) teeth can be a sign of colitis, pneumonia, allergic reaction, or intestinal flora imbalance (dysbacteriosis)
- Pain in the fourth teeth (top and bottom) can be a sign of joint pain and joint disease, and issues with the lungs and large intestine.
- Bottom canine teeth are linked to the circulatory system and pain can indicate atherosclerosis or lung dysfunction.
- Pain in the lower molars might signal respiratory illness, varicose veins, or polyps in the colon
In case you want to treat the toothache in a more comprehensive way, do some research and find a well-trained holistic dentist in your town.