Ultimately, the philosophy of Equine Dental Practice is to alleviate pain in the mouth, ensure proper alignment of teeth and arcades and promote longevity of all teeth. With regular visits your
horse will remain comfortable and able to perform to his peak potential.
Equine Dental Practice recommends the following as a guideline to ensure your horse receives the proper dental care he deserves. Individual horses do vary though, and your Equine Dentist will
recommend a treatment plan to suit the specific needs of your horse.
- Newborn foals should be examined as soon as possible after birth to check for abnormalities
- The young horse (2.5 years to 5 years) requires a 6 monthly examination to ensure deciduous teeth (baby teeth or caps) are shedding correctly and to maintain the proper balance and alignment of
erupting permanent teeth. It is important that an Equine Dentist sees to your horse before being asked to work properly on the bit.
- The mature horse (5 years and upwards) should be seen on a 6 monthly to annual basis for a routine maintenance checkup and balance (each horse requires an individual treatment plan).
- An aging horse’s teeth begin to expire and require special attention to prolong the life of each tooth and reduce the risk of disease. Extractions are common in the aged horse. Your Equine
Dentist will assess horses on a case-by-case basis and recommend a treatment plan.
Your horse may also try to let you know when he is experiencing dental discomfort. There are a number of symptoms that may suggest you need to contact us sooner such as:
- Taking unusual large mouthfuls of feed, slow to eat or spilling feed
- Packing feed into the cheeks or dropping chewed balls of grass (quidding)
- Loss of topline, weight loss
- Swelling around the jaws
- Rubbing the face
- Bad odour or discharge from the mouth or nostril(s)
- Reluctance to take up contact or evading the bit
- Tries to open mouth when wearing a bit
- Hangs on one rein or difficulty bending in either direction
- Playing with or chewing on the bit
- Bolting,rearing or bucking
Could your horse be due for a dental checkup?