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Equine Dentistry

Dental health is a central component of overall equine wellness. Having healthy teeth allows your horse to feed better, perform better, and live longer. The teeth of the modern horse are often used to chewing more grain than their strictly grazing ancestors did. This can cause the teeth to develop sharp points, which in the past would have been worn down by more roughage, that can cut the tongue or gums.

Other common equine dental problems can include:

  • Discomfort or pain caused by the bit
  • Overly long, or overly worn teeth
  • Tooth loss or pain
  • Misalignment of the teeth
  • Infection
  • Irregularities of the teeth

Pain caused by dental issues can have a domino effect, leading to behavioral issues, mouth ulcers, erratic head movement when the bit is in the mouth, and more.

We recommend annual dental exams for horses to treat or prevent these dental conditions. It is important to pay special attention to the teeth between the ages of 2-5, when horses' teeth are undergoing the greatest changes.