Town and Country Animal Hospital, PC

1865 Centre Line Road
Warriors Mark, PA 16877

(814)632-9700

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Routine Dentistry

Horses need regular preventive dental care. Unlike people, horses' teeth grow continually, at a rate of two to three millimeters per year. The teeth should normally wear in correspondence to yearly eruption rate. Improper wear, mal-occlusions, or improper position of the teeth, can lead to many health issues and behavioral problems.

Identifying dental problems as early as possible is important. There are several factors that come into play at a young age that might increase treatment needed, or make a remedy even possible: loss of food while eating; eats hay before his grain; grain in water bucket; difficulty chewing or excess salivation; loss of body condition; large undigested food particles in manure larger than one quarter inch; 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; or nasal discharge or swelling of the face. Other horses may not show noticeable signs, because they just simply adapt to their discomfort.

When necessary, "floating" a horse's teeth is performed to file the abnormal tooth edges down to a more normal profile.  This procedure may require sedation.  The goal is to restore normal tooth function, and eliminate the discomfort that abnormal teeth can cause.