November 7, 2018
It’s easy to forget sometimes, but your oral health is closely linked to the rest of your body. That means that when a tooth becomes injured or infected, you may have a problem with the organ(s) that it is connected to, as well. This phenomenon occurs along what are known as the acupuncture meridians, and your holistic dentist in Southlake uses the 12 meridian chart to treat your whole body rather than simply focusing on covering up symptoms. Keep reading to learn more about the 12 meridians and how this concept can help you to improve balance and become more in-tune with your oral and overall health.
What Are the 12 Meridians?
The concept of the meridians comes from Traditional Chinese Medicine, and it has to do with the basic concept that energy flows throughout your body much in the same way that blood does. If a blockage occurs, negative side effects like disease, fatigue, and other adverse symptoms may happen as well.
The 12 major meridians of the body connect all major organs and are divided into the Yin and the Yang. These meridians include the following:
- Large intestine
- Small intestine
- Triple Warmer
12 Meridians and Your Mouth
Understanding what affects each meridian and how these lines are connected throughout the body can help you take better care of your oral and overall health. When it comes to your teeth, you can use the interactive tooth chart as an easy guide to quickly see which tooth is connected to which organ or tissue — and what that might mean for your energy flows. Tooth #7, for example, is your second incisor, or the one to the left of your very front tooth. This particular tooth is connected to your kidneys, bladder, and urogenital system as well as your sinuses, lower extremities, and joints around your foot and knees. If you are having an issue with any of the above, the answer may be found in your oral health.
Why the 12 Meridians Matter
Holistic dentistry is firmly committed to viewing the body as an interconnected, complex system rather than just viewing the teeth on their own. Understanding the way energy flows connect our bodies helps your dentist to provide truly whole-health focused solutions which result in better circulation and balance throughout the entire body.
The 12 Meridians are an important aspect of truly holistic dental care — don’t hesitate to contact your holistic dentist to discuss this concept in more detail.
Meet the Dentist
Dr. Preetha Thomas is a holistic family dentist in Southlake, TX. She is passionate about the concept of caring for the whole self through holistic dentistry. To learn more about the 12 meridians or the difference that whole-health focused care can make, do not hesitate to get in touch with the office at (817) 912-1218.
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