KA Horses Equine Dentistry

Kerry is a qualified equine dental technician and has been for many years now. Kerry has a large client base in the surrounding areas of Shropshire, Staffordshire and Worcestershire.

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What is Equine Dentistry?

Equine dentistry is the practice of maintaining an efficient mouth. It will involve balancing the mouth to insure that the equine can eat properly without pain or discomfort either in the mouth or any of the chewing mechanism for example the temporomandibular joint and facial muscles. Our main concern is that the animal eats efficiently. By maintaining the maximum occlusal surface, the added bonus is that many of the behavioural problems exhibited in the working equine will be eliminated or at the very least improved.

Why is dentistry needed?

The three main reasons are as follows:

  • The diet and feeding pattern that is forced upon our domestic equine.
  • The use of a bit in the horses mouth, nose band and reins pulling against sharp edges of the teeth in the equines mouth.
  • Better overall veterinary care means our domesticated equines live longer.

History of equine dentistry

The study of equine dentistry can be traced back as early as 600BC when the Chinese used the dentition of a horse to acquire its age for sale. Equine dentistry was also studied and written about by Aristotle in 384BC. The earliest documents known depicting the floating of horses teeth is a block painting in England that the dates back to the 16 hundreds one of the earliest dental charts of the dentition of a horse was produced in Germany in 1820 and is held at the academy of equine dentistry. Records show that hand made instruments by black smiths date back to 1650. Arnolds and sons of England have been making dental floats and instruments since 1817. 

Sadly the horse’s mouth is a much neglected area in veterinary medicine and the horse world in general.

Common warning signs

Dropping hard feed
Smelly breath
Dunking hay in water
Loss of condition
Packing hay/ grass into the cheeks
Stiffness to one side
Rearing & bucking
Head shy/shaking

Problems that can arise from no dental treatment

Incisor problems
Ventral curvature
Offset (diagonal bite or wedge)
Missing incisors
Retained caps
Overbite/ overjet (parrot mouth)
Underbite/ underjet (sow mouth)

Premolar and Molar problems

Wolf teeth
Step mouth
excessive tansverse ridging (E.T.R)
Shear mouth
Sharp edges
Decayed and rotten teeth
Aberrant teeth

Other problems

Periodontal disease
Foreign bodies
Offset (diagonal bite or wedge)
Long canines
Injury or trauma to the mouth

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