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Teeth & Equine Dentistry

November 2019 

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Recent studies have found that up to 70% of horses have undiagnosed dental problems. This is a real welfare concern for our horses as dental problems can seriously deteriorate unseen until the horse shows clinical signs.

Horses are stoic animals, which mean they can endure pain for long periods of time without showing signs, especially with pain related to teeth! Due to this, many horse owners don’t realise that their horses could be suffering in silence.

Prevention is better than cure and it is important to maintain regular dental health checks for your horse.

We recommend dental checks every 6-12 months to ensure any unidentified issues are treated as quickly as possible. This recommendation will vary for older horses or those that have specific abnormalities.

Many modern dental treatments are only possible if problems are identified before they become advanced. Just as in humans, early intervention is better than dealing with a dental catastrophe. 

The benefits of regular dental checks are…

  • to keep your horse eating with maximum efficiency
  • early intervention is better than dealing with a dental catastrophe – studies show long term problems are harder to treat
  • to ensure your horse is kept pain-free - there may be NO signs
  • prevent the likelihood of tooth loss and other dental problems in older age – horses are living longer – they need good teeth
  • avoid bitting problems, especially when introducing the bit to a horse for the first time
  • to ensure your horse is working to their optimum ability

Keeping our horses healthy and performing to the best of their ability means ensuring that horses can eat and work pain-free and productively. Chewing and grinding feed is essential to your horse’s survival! 

The best care you can provide for your horse’s teeth is to ensure they receive regular dental examinations throughout their life by a veterinary surgeon or an Equine Dental Technician registered with the British Association of Equine Dental Technicians (BAEDT).

To order your free guide email welfare@bhs.org.uk or Tel: 02476 840517

Find out more information

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Information about Dental Checks

 dental issues

Signs of Dental Issues

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In collaboration with Chris Pearce MRCVS and the team at Equine Dental Clinic Ltd

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This guide and campaign is supported by:

British Association of Equine Dental Technicians   Equine Veterinary Dental Association

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