Dental care for horses has undergone tremendous development over the past 15 years and is not only essential to prevent the horse from developing dental problems but also to prevent and/or resolve other issues. Problems such as difficulty in steady contact to the bit, headshaking, gastrointestinal problems, diarrhoea, weight loss, etc. can also be the result of abnormalities in the mouth.
A horse has 12 incisors, 24 molars, 1 to 4 canines and 1 to 4 wolf teeth. These elements grow 2-5 mm annually to compensate for the wear and tear to which the teeth are subjected. When this wear is not done correctly and the balance in the teeth is disturbed then sharp points, hooks, diastemas (spaces between the teeth), mucosal damage, inflammation and other problems can develop. This can result in the horse showing symptoms such as bad breath, quidding, loss of appetite, slow eating, food accumulation in the cheeks, unilateral nasal discharge, weight loss and difficulties while being ridden. At the SMDC, these problems can be investigated in a multidisciplinary way and your horse can be evaluated by the dentist in combination with an orthopedic and/or physiotherapeutic examination if needed.