Dentist in Sonoma explains how Meridian Tooth Chart connects oral health with overall wellness
The connection between your oral health and the rest of your body is well-documented in both Western scientific literature and Chinese medicine. When the health of one or more teeth or your gums is compromised, a series of systemic health issues can result. At Whole Health Dentistry, patients in the Sonoma area benefit from the blending of art and science in their dental care with Dr. Silvano Senn and Dr. Tori Mann. They use a combination of modern scientific approaches, tools such as the Meridian Tooth Chart from acupuncture and Chinese medicine, and an eco-friendly approach to treat each patient as a whole. Below, we explain how the Meridian Chart for Teeth can be used to help understand what’s ailing you and how to restore your body back to health.
What are meridians?
Based in acupuncture, meridians are channels or pathways that energy (called “chi” or “qi” in Chinese medicine) flows through in the body. You can think of them like wires that connect the various parts of your body together, and the chi is the current that flows through them. Another analogy is a highway: the roads themselves are the meridians, and the cars that drive on them in either direction are the energy. There are 12 total meridians, and each meridian corresponds to a specific organ.
- Yin meridians are linked to organs that do not have an empty cavity, such as the liver, lungs, heart, spleen, and kidneys
- Yang meridians are linked to organs that do have an empty cavity, such as the intestines, bladder, stomach, and gallbladder
What is the Meridian Tooth Chart?
The Meridian Tooth Chart is a graphic depiction of how the chi in the body flows along the meridians from each individual tooth to the rest of the body. Each tooth has an associated meridian, and when the energy flow is blocked in a meridian, it can cause health issues in any part of your body connected to it. That means that when a specific tooth is ailing you, it can result in problems with its corresponding organ, and because chi can flow in either direction, a problem with a certain organ in your body can also cause issues with the corresponding tooth. The Meridian Tooth Chart has been used for thousands of years and remains a key component in teachings around the world. Many people are skeptical of the Meridian Tooth Chart until they learn from experience how accurate it can be.
How do you use the Meridian Tooth Chart?
The Meridian Tooth Chart is a map of your teeth, and each tooth has a designated meridian that has corresponding body organs. For example, your incisors are associated with the kidneys and bladder through the bladder/kidney meridian, and your premolars are associated with the liver, large and small intestines, gallbladder, duodenum, and left lung through the large intestine meridian. When you are having trouble with a specific tooth or have health problems in an area of your body, we can use the Meridian Tooth Chart to better understand what is underlying the condition. For example, you may develop an issue with your heart at some point in your life. If one of your wisdom teeth that is located on the same meridian is also compromised, then it may exacerbate your heart problem.
With this holistic approach to dentistry that keeps your overall health and well-being in mind when treating even the most minor of dental issues, when we restore health to one or more of your teeth, you may experience additional health benefits in other trouble areas.
Experience the holistic dentistry difference
If you are experiencing pain or decay in one or more of your teeth, it may be causing greater overall health issues. At Whole Health Dentistry, Dr. Silvano Senn and Dr. Toni Mann listen to patients’ tooth and health problems and use a variety of tools such as the Meridian Tooth Chart to identify a holistic treatment plan to restore both your oral health and your overall well-being. We offer mercury-free, environmentally friendly care with a wide variety of services — from preventive treatments to restorative and cosmetic options. Our office is conveniently located at 120 Pleasant Hill Avenue North, Suite 150 in Sebastopol, CA and serves patients in the greater Sonoma area. Call us today at 707 549-6333 to schedule an appointment!