In the News-To-Me department comes Holistic Tooth/Organ Energy Relationship Charts. There are a bunch of these around the internet, each linking a specific tooth to a group of body parts. The theory there is a relationship between teeth and health issues involving the spine and all body organs. It rings much the same bell as reflexology which purports a different spot on the feet to connect to each organ in the body.
Once again, the harm in this ridiculous bunk is the danger in missing diagnoses, delay in accurate treatment and, of course the overall silliness factor that could quite possibly cause people’s heads to explode. Not to mention the fact that there are surely some dentists treating perfectly healthy teeth as a result of musculoskeletal and organic complaints. Could you look your dentist in the eye as he told you the reason your elbow hurts is a result of your right mandibular second molar? Ha! Maybe that’s the reason for those little masks dentists wear these days — so you cannot see them laughing.
Luckily, not all dentists subscribe to this goofiness. Most would agree that while dental problems can certainly affect other parts of the body by referred pain or through infection, a direct neurological relationship is unproven. As a matter of fact, four out of five dentists I’ve surveyed agree that these tooth/organ charts are complete nonsense. That fifth dentist should probably be serving time.
Dr. Brett Kinsler writes the blog RochesterChiro.wordpress.com and practices as a skeptical chiropractor in Rochester, NY.