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Routine Dentistry

Horses need regular preventive dental maintenance every six months to one year. Unlike people, horses' teeth have an eruption rate of two-three millimeters per year. The teeth should wear in correspondence to yearly eruption rate. Malocclusions, or improper position of the teeth, can lead to many health issues and behavioral problems. Identifying dental problems as early as possible is important.

 

Signs that your horse may need veterinary dental care:

      -loss of food while eating

      -eats hay before grain

      -grain in water bucket

      -difficulty chewing or excess salivation

      -loss of body condition

      -large undigested food particles in manure

      -head tilting or tossing

      -bit chewing

      -tongue lolling

      -tries to rear while bridling

      -fighting the bit or resisting the bridal

      -bucking or failing to stop or turn

      -foul odor from the mouth or nostrils

      -traces of blood in the mouth

      -nasal discharge or swelling of the face.

Other horses may not show noticeable signs, because they just simply adapt to their discomfort; therefore, routine examination is a good idea.