Does Your Horse Need a Dentist?

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Did you know that regular equine dentistry is an important aspect of caring for your horse’s health? Equine dentists help to keep their patients comfortable, but there’s more to it than just that. Without regular dentistry care, your horse can be at risk for serious health issues.

Floating Teeth

Equine dentists are most commonly called on to float horses’ teeth. Floating teeth refers to the regular filing of a horse’s teeth that is necessary to keep them wearing evenly. As a horse chews and grinds grass, hay, and other food, he can develop sharp hooks and points on his teeth over time. His teeth can also wear unevenly, making it difficult for them to match up well enough to grind his food. Equine dentists float a horse’s teeth, grinding away the sharp hooks and edges and restoring his mouth to a comfortable, functional balance again.

If a horse needs to have his teeth floated but is left untreated, it can lead to a wide range of issues. The horse will become uncomfortable and may be resistant to accept a bit when he is bridled. When he’s ridden, he might start tossing his head into the air and refusing to move forward.

Additionally, if a horse doesn’t receive the necessary dental care, he can have problems chewing his food. If you notice that a horse is leaving behind wads of unchewed or partially chewed hay in his stall, that is a sure sign that he needs to have his teeth examined and treated. Horses in need of dental care can choke on mounds of their partially chewed food. Horses which have choked are at risk for respiratory issues, and the chance of them choking again is heightened until they receive proper dental care.

Other Dental Issues

Aside from having his teeth floated, your horse may need to see a dentist for a number of other reasons. Injured, abscessed, or dead teeth may need to be treated or removed. If you notice a foul odor coming from your horse’s mouth, he may have an infected tooth or other condition requiring attention – you should call your veterinarian or an equine dentist to come evaluate him.

If your horse ever suffers an injury to his face and mouth, a dentist may be needed to help treat and repair his teeth. Horses are incredibly accident-prone and can knock out their teeth in countless ways. If you ever discover that your horse has injured his teeth, call a vet or equine dentist right away. Your equine dentist may need to remove the remaining tooth and treat your horse for possible infection.

Just like humans, horses require regular dentistry treatments to keep them in good health. Your veterinarian may perform some dentistry work, but he or she should also be able to refer you to specialty equine dentists. TOPHORSE–browse horses for sale or place an ad to sell horses

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