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Horses need regular preventive dental maintenance. Unlike people, horses' teeth have an eruption rate of two-three mm per year. The teeth should wear in correspondence to yearly eruption rate.
Listed are some of the more common dental problems recognized by most owners:
1. Loss of food while eating, difficulty chewing, or excess salivation
2. Finding excessive amounts of grain in the water bucket
5. Behavioral issues when bridling or riding, such as: head tilting or tossing; bit chewing; tongue lolling; tries to rear while bridling; fighting the bit or resisting the bridle; bucking or failing to stop or turn
6. Noticing a foul odor from the mouth or nostrils; traces of blood in the mouth; nasal discharge or swelling of the face
Some horses may not show noticeable signs, because they just simply adapt to their discomfort and the problem may only be discovered upon examination by your veterinarian.
Dental floating involves filing down the points and sharp edges of the teeth, re-aligning or restoring the teeth to a more "natural state", and overall, making the mouth more comfortable for your horse to eat, chew, and perform with a bridle and bit. We choose to use motorized dental equipment (Power Float) to accomplish this task. We feel it enables us to do a more thorough procedure on your horse and allows for more precise correction of dental defects found during our examination. We use a full mouth speculum equipped with a light, a specialized dental halter to position your horse's head, and a rotary cordless Power Float. In order to ensure safety to all involved, we prefer to lightly sedate our patient's during this procedure.