Each Tooth Is Associated With an Organ in the Body – Pain in Each Tooth Can Indicate Problems in Certain Organs

Pierre Van ZylHeal, Health Awareness, Healthy Aging + General Wellness

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I love teeth. As I write this now, I can see my four wisdom teeth that I had pulled almost thirteen years ago just behind my computer. I like to keep them on my desk; they’re just fascinating.

Did you know that—according to some holistic dentists as well as practitioners of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)—each tooth is associated with certain parts of the body? Every tooth in your mouth, even the ones you’ve had pulled, are linked to one of the 12 meridians in the body.

A meridian is a sort of energy channel that runs through the body. According to TCM, energy in the body follows a specific pathway through these channels, and any blocks in this energy can cause adverse symptoms, including pain or illness [1].

For some people, myself included, who have smaller mouths and are missing some of their original teeth, that tooth is still represented on its energy channel—and you might even experience a phantom pain linked to that tooth.

The energy here goes both ways. Your tooth might be affecting a specific organ or region in the body, or that organ or region could be affecting your tooth. Only with professional insight will you be able to tell where there’s an issue.

We already know just how much our oral health influences our bodily health, and vice versa [2]. In addition, no scientific evidence has proved these claims about teeth and meridian channels, but we’ll soon look at some tentative research that could shed some light on the connection between our teeth and the body. 

Where Did This System of Thinking Originate?

Traditional Chinese Medicine dates back thousands of years, and the mapping of the teeth-meridian connection isn’t attributed to a singular person. In addition to being recognized among many holistic dentists, the meridian channels of the body are also acknowledged and used in reflexology and acupuncture.

Reflexology uses pressure to stimulate energy in specific areas in the body that practitioners of this therapy believe correlate with different parts of the body to relieve pain, organ-related issues, and even anxiety [3].

Acupuncture operates under the belief that any disharmony or interruption in these energy channels can cause disease or illness. Acupuncture uses needles to unblock energy and stimulate healing (this, apparently, isn’t the same thing that happens when you get a tattoo) [4]

However, oral health hasn’t just been linked to bodily health, but emotional health as well [5]. Disturbances in the energy that flows throughout the body could be the result of trauma to the mouth in the form of procedures such as root canals, metal fillings, tooth decay, and even sinus infections [6]

Read: Dentist reveals the exact foods you need to eat to never have bad breath again

So Which Tooth Is Linked to Which Organ?

As mentioned, according to the tooth meridian theory, each one can be linked to a certain organ. Unless you work in dentistry, it’s likely you won’t be sure exactly which tooth is which. Sure, we know our front teeth, molars, and canines, but you’ll need to refer to a chart to identify all the other teeth and exactly which organs they link to.

tooth chart

The following information regarding meridian tooth charts was sourced from Dr. Dawn Ewing’s Let The Tooth Be Known

Tooth #1 and #16: Your Upper Right Wisdom Tooth and Upper Left Wisdom Tooth (aka Your Third Molars)

These teeth are linked to your pituitary gland, central nervous system, and limbic system, along with:

  • Internal ear 
  • Tongue
  • The ulnar side of your shoulder, elbow, and hand
  • The plantar side of your foot
  • Toes
  • Your sacroiliac joint
  • Your heart
  • Duodenum (the first part of the small intestine)
  • Terminal Ileum (the end of the small intestine that connects to the large intestine)
  • Mid-trapezius muscle (a region of muscle in your back)

Certain teeth are also linked with certain dermatomes, which are specific areas on the skin [7]. The nerves in these areas retain their origin in the spine, and so each tooth is linked to certain spinal marrow, dermatomes, and vertebrae [8].

Tooth #2 and #3: Your Upper Right 2nd Molar and Upper Right 1st Molar

These teeth are linked to your pancreas, esophagus, and breast, along with your:

  • Tongue
  • Maxillary Sinus
  • Oropharynx (the back of your mouth that includes the back part of the tongue and your tonsils[9]) 
  • Larynx (your voice box)
  • Jaw
  • The anterior of your hip
  • Medial ankle joint

Tooth #2 is also associated with your abdominal muscle and parathyroid gland (which is not your thyroid but rather is located behind it and controls body calcium), while #3 is linked to your thyroid.

Tooth #4 and #5: Your Upper Right 2nd Bicuspid and Upper Right 1st Bicuspid

Both of these teeth are linked to your nose, feet, lungs, and large intestine, as well as:

  • Your ethmoid sinus (located in the upper part of your nose, or, between your eyes)
  • The radial side of your shoulder, elbow, and hand

Tooth #4 is also associated with your thymus gland [8] (which is part of the lymphatic and endocrine system[10]) . This tooth is also linked to the diaphragm and breast, while #5 is linked to your pituitary gland.

Tooth #6: Your Upper Right Cuspid

This tooth is not only linked to the intermediate lobe of your pituitary gland and the posterior of your knee and eye, but also the hypothalamus, liver, gallbladder, and:

  • Sphenoid sinus (the part of your sinuses that is located the farthest away from your face)
  • Your tonsils
  • Your hip
  • The lateral side of your ankle
  • Your bile ducts

Read: Brushing And Flossing Your Teeth Could Be Useless If You Have This Vitamin Deficiency

Tooth #7, 8, 9, 10: Your Upper Right Lateral Incisor, Upper Right Central Incisor, Upper Left Central Incisor, Upper Left Lateral Incisor

These teeth are linked to the pineal gland (a gland in the brain that’s part of the endocrine system and produces melatonin), kidney, bladder, ovaries, uterus, testicles, prostate, rectum, and anus, among your:

  • Nose
  • Frontal and sphenoid sinus
  • Posterior of your knee and ankle

Tooth #7 is also associated with your right subscapularis while #10 is linked to your left subscapularis (these are large muscles on either side of your body near your shoulders). Tooth #8 and #9 are linked to your neck flexors and extensors.

Tooth #11: Your Upper Left Cuspid

Linked to the intermediate lobe of your pituitary gland, hypothalamus, tonsils, and liver, among your:

  • Posterior of your eye and knee
  • Lateral side of your ankle
  • Hip

Tooth #11 and #12: Your Upper Left 1st Bicuspid and Upper Left 2nd Bicuspid

Linked to your large intestine and lungs, along with your:

  • Nose
  • The radial side of your shoulder, elbow, and hand
  • Feet and big toe

Tooth #12 is also linked to the posterior lobe of your pituitary gland, while tooth #13 is linked to your thymus gland, left breast, and diaphragm.

Tooth #14 and Tooth #15: Your Upper Left 1st Molar and Upper Left 2nd Molar

These teeth have been linked to your spleen, esophagus, stomach, breast, and thyroid, along with your:

  • Tongue
  • Maxillary sinus (the largest of the sinuses)
  • Larynx
  • Jaw
  • The anterior of your hip and knee

Tooth #14 is also linked to your latissimus dorsi, which is a section of muscle on your back, and #15 has been linked to your parathyroid gland and abdominal muscles.

Read: How to Make Non-Toxic, Natural Toothpaste with 6 Simple Ingredients 

Tooth #17 and 32: Your Lower Left Wisdom Tooth and Lower Right Wisdom Tooth

Linked to the heart, peripheral nerves, and your:

  • Tongue
  • Middle external ear
  • The ulnar side of your hand
  • The plantar side of your foot
  • Your toes
  • Your heart

Tooth #18 and #19: Your Lower Left 2nd Molar and Lower Left 1st Molar

Linked to your lungs, large intestine, and your:

  • Nose 
  • Radial side of your hand
  • Foot
  • Big toe
  • Shoulder
  • Elbow

Tooth #18 is also linked to your arteries and quadriceps (muscles in the front of your thighs) and tooth #19 is linked to your veins.

Tooth #20 and #21: Lower Left 2nd Bicuspid and Lower Left 1st Bicuspid

Linked to your spleen, esophagus, stomach, and:

  • Tongue
  • Maxillary sinus
  • Jaw
  • Medial ankle joint
  • The anterior of your knee and hip
  • Mammary glands (glands that produce milk in females)
  • Hamstrings

Tooth #20 is linked to lymph vessels while tooth #21 is linked to ovaries and testicles.

Tooth #22: Your Lower Left Cuspid

Linked to ovaries, testicles, and liver, among your:

  • Sphenoid sinus
  • Lateral ankle joint
  • The anterior of your eye
  • The posterior of your knee
  • The lateral ankle joint
  • The hip
  • Your gluteus maximus

Tooth #23, 24, 25, and 26: Your Lower Left Lateral Incisor, Lower Left Central Incisor, Your Lower Right Central Incisor, and Lower Right Lateral Incisor

All of these teeth have been linked to the adrenal glands, kidneys, rectum, bladder, prostate, uterus, ovaries, and testicles, along with:

  • The posterior of your knee and ankle
  • Your sphenoid sinus
  • Your frontal sinus

Tooth #27: Lower Right Cuspid

Linked to your liver, gallbladder, gluteus maximum, and:

  • Ovaries
  • Testicles
  • The anterior of your eye
  • Your lateral ankle joint
  • The posterior of your knee
  • Your hip

Tooth #28 and 29: Lower Right 1st Bicuspid and Lower Right 2nd Bicuspid

Linked to your pancreas, esophagus, stomach, and your:

  • Tongue
  • Medial ankle
  • The anterior of your hip and knee
  • Mammary glands
  • Hamstrings

Tooth #28 is also linked to the ovaries and testicles while tooth #29 is linked to your lymph vessels.

Tooth #30 and 31: Your Lower Right 1st Molar and Lower Right 2nd Molar

Associated with your large intestine and lungs along with your:

  • Nose
  • The radial side of your hand
  • Feet
  • Big toes
  • Shoulder and elbow

Tooth #30 has also been linked to your veins while tooth #31 has been linked to your arteries.

Other Research That Supports This Idea

Again, while there’s no concrete evidence that supports this idea, there are some selective studies that tentatively link organs with teeth.

  • One study links tooth development with organ development [11].
  • Another notes that poor oral health and breast cancer are linked [12]. Again, this research doesn’t prove a causal effect—just an association that needs to be explored more. 

What Does All This Mean?

Understanding how energy flows through the body can be useful in helping to improve your wellbeing, even if it just carries the underlying message of being aware that everything in the body is connected and affects everything else!

This idea of teeth relating to specific organs is only one aspect of a natural approach to dentistry. If you would like to learn more, consider working with a holistic dentist, as they may bring an approach to your oral care that you find more helpful or relevant to your overall wellbeing than a traditional dentist does. 

Disclaimer: This information is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment and is for information only. Always seek the advice of your physician or another qualified health provider with any questions about your medical condition and/or current medication. Do not disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking advice or treatment because of something you have read here.

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