In general, pain is a protective response that ranges from minor sensitivity to severe pain. Its role is to inform the body if something is wrong. As for dental pain, it is caused by a reaction of the nerves inside the pulp chamber of a tooth, and the gravity varies according to the type and degree of the stimulus.
But did you know that even the smallest dental problem can signify some internal problems? As incredible as it may seem, there’s a strong connection between the condition of your teeth and that of your internal organs.
The dental alarm system:
If we take the example of the upper and lower incisors, they are associated with the bladder, the kidneys and the ears, while the canine teeth are related to the condition of your liver and your gall bladder. As explained by the neurologists, the premolars reflect the condition of the lung, the molars that of the stomach, the spleen and the pancreas, and finally the wisdom teeth are associated with the small intestine and the heart.
This does not mean that all internal ailments are accompanied by teeth pain. In many cases, patients experience discomfort and mild pain in areas surrounding a healthy tooth, while sometimes pain can be felt in places where a tooth has been removed for a long time.
The pain experienced in such cases is called “phantom pain” and results from the messages that the affected organ sends to the corresponding tooth. If you know about this connection, you will be able to spot the diseased organ easily.
In the rest of this article, you will find a list of connections between your organs and your toothaches…
Here is a list to locate affected organs based on dental ailments:
Pain in the lower and upper incisor is usually a sign of otitis, pyelonephritis, or cystitis.
Pain in the first incisor indicates prostatitis or tonsillitis.
If you suffer from chronic pain in the canine teeth, it can be hepatitis or cholecystitis.
In case of pain in the premolar teeth, the cause may be colitis, an allergic reaction, pneumonia or dysbactriosis.
If you have pain in the fourth tooth (top and bottom), you probably have problems like shoulder pain, elbow pain, knee pain, colon disease or inflammatory diseases such as arthritis.
As for pain in the molars, the reasons may be chronic pancreatitis, gastric ulcer, duodenal ulcer, chronic gastritis and anemia.
The pain in the sixth lower teeth typically signals problems with the inferior vena cava, atherosclerosis, and problems with arteries.
Pain in the sixth upper teeth is often associated with inflammation of the ovaries, spleen and affections of the thyroid gland, sinusitis and pharynx.
If these are your lower molars, it is very likely that you are suffering from varicose veins, polyps in the colon or lung problems such as bronchial asthma, pneumonia and bronchitis.
Wisdom teeth pain is rather annoying because these teeth are related to heart disease, birth defects and coronary heart disease.