It is important to understand that there is a direct correlation between the health of your teeth and the overall physical and emotional health of your body. In Chinese Medicine, the environment of the mouth is relative to that of the digestive system. Therefore, when the organs of the digestive system are out of balance it can lead to changes within the mouth, more specifically the gums and teeth. Each tooth is associated with an acupuncture channel, which is a pathway for Qi (energy) to flow. When there is an imbalance within the channel, it can lead to dysfunction in any organ that is associated with that acupuncture channel.
Having this information about the connection between our dental and organ health can give us foresight, and therefore motivation to maintain a healthy diet and lifestyle. One might ask, can Chinese Medicine help dental problems that exist right now, as well? The answer is yes, it can.
The following are just a few dental conditions that are treatable with acupuncture and Chinese Medicine:
- Bad breath
- Gum disease
- Mouth sores
- Nerve tissue break down and bacteria formation (reason for root canal)
- Pain from routine tightening of braces
- Post-dental procedure pain
- Post-permanent implant procedure healing
- Tooth sensitivity
*These are general categories of common health complaints. Acupuncture can be used to help relieve symptoms of most conditions. Acupuncture can be used in place of or in conjunction with Western medicinal treatments, depending on the condition.