What is the meridian system of the body and how is it linked with my oral health?

It seems only logical to say that there are profound links between the state of your teeth and gums and your overall health. As a human body, we are not body plus a set of teeth but rather a complex system that works as a whole. Your teeth are connected in many ways to your body, physiologically and energetically.

Following this logic, it is easy to understand why local problems in the mouth will not stay local, infection and bacteria in the mouth will spread through the body and will affect the overall health.

It is known that for example, periodontal bacteria was found to affect the joints of patient suffering from rheumatoid arthritis and near the heart for those patients who have cardio-vascular related health problems.

So how exactly are the teeth connected to the rest of the body?

About 5000 years ago, the Chinese have identified what we call today the meridian system of the body. It is basically a series of channels though which energy flows.

Very much like the circulatory system, the meridians deliver energy through 14 channels to the different parts of the body and affecting every organ and every physiological system: including the immune, nervous, endocrine, circulatory, respiratory, digestive, skeletal (including teeth), muscular, and lymphatic systems.

Logicality, if the flow is obstructed or affected at any point by infection, the organs and systems situated along the channel will be affected.

Although the meridian system is not fully recognized in the modern medicine, several studies were done using functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging MRI.

The 14 meridians are known to run through the sockets of your teeth, they sit right along the energetic channels. In such case it is easy to understand why dental problems will affect the rest of the body: if a tooth it’s affected and has inflammation, it has the potential to affect all the organs and system related to that particular meridian.

For example if you have problems with your wisdom teeth, as per the chart below, you heart, circulatory or endocrine system might be affected.

To learn more about the specific relationships between teeth and organs – check out our Interactive Tooth Meridian Chart.

While this chart cannot and should not be used to make any kind of diagnosis, it can give you a better appreciation of the relationships between your teeth and the rest of your body.