Dentally Retarded

Tooth/Organ Relationship Chart


Tooth/Organ Relationship Chart

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 and practices as a skeptical chiropractor in Rochester, NY.

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  1. cmnacnud said,

    August 6, 2009 at 5:00 pm

    Dr. Kinsler you sound like a medical doctor of 30 years ago trying to debunk chiropractic. Now, I don’t disagree that this tooth/organ theory sounds like bunk, but lack of proof is not proof of lack. You’re entire post is based on a logical fallacy.

    If a patient were to ask me about this topic I would have to recuse myself for a lack of knowledge on the topic. With my understanding of anatomy I can see no correlation between teeth and spleen. I also don’t know how acupuncture works, but there is evidence that it does. So I would advise against being the first to try it. In the miracle case that some evidence does present it’s self for this idea then I will delve deeper. Until then, anyone using such methods should know that it is untested and unproven. Try it at your own risk.
    However, being a chiropractor, and therefore evidence minded, I have to say follow the evidence. If wearing a blue hat cures your cancer then by all means wear that blue hat. But, verify it with an MRI.

  2. August 6, 2009 at 10:46 pm


    You are abosolutely correct that lack of evidence is not evidence of lack (really shouldn’t use the word proof here). But as the late great Carl Sagan wrote

  3. August 6, 2009 at 10:48 pm

    [Somehow it didn’t let me finish]
    …in Broca’s Brain: “I believe that the extraordinary should certainly be pursued. But extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence”

    So where’s the extraordinary evidence?

  4. August 7, 2009 at 3:12 pm

    I agree with Dr. Perle. Just because I am not a practitioner of one branch of alternative medicine, namely holistic dentistry, does not mean that I can ignore my crap detector. If a guy in a bar tells me that his prostate cancer was cured by having a tooth drilled, I might smile and nod knowingly. If a patient tells me the same thing behind closed doors, it is my duty to attempt to set the record straight as best as I can.

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