Country View Equine Clinic
1346 S. Fish Hatchery Rd, Oregon, WI 53575

Phone: (608) 291-0505 Fax: (608) 291-0855

M-F: 8AM-5PM, 24/7 Emergency Services


Equine Dentistry - Fact or Fiction?

Myth #1 – Horses need dental work only if they are thin or chewing funny.

Fiction! Horses of all ages benefit from dental care (like humans!). Dental care on young horses improves their training comfort. Maintenance on all horses increases their longevity and ability to chew forages (which saves you money). It also prevents small problems from becoming larger problems in the future.

Myth #2 - Power tool dentistry (floating) is safe and very effective.

Dental view Fact! Power tools have effectively been used in our clinic for 12 years and we've seen amazing benefits tracking horses over time, and we've seen no damage to teeth. This is due to our proper use of Power Floats. They can be harmful if used inappropriately, just as hand floats can cause damage also if used incorrectly.

Myth #3 – Wild horses don't get dental care so my horses don't need it.

Fiction! Wild horses tend to have good teeth because otherwise they wouldn't live very long. Their average life expectancy is 12-15 years. We want our horses to live much longer and have selectively bred for traits other than eating (although we have some good eaters).

Myth #4 – Young horses rarely need dental care.

Fiction! Young horse teeth have needle sharp points that cause ulceration on their cheeks. 2-4 years old is one of the most important times to have your horse's mouth examined.

Myth #5 – Dental care is much more than floating sharp points off teeth. Fact! Dental care includes balancing, leveling, correcting occlusions, extractions and other surgical procedures, treating periodontal and systemic diseases and providing nutritional guidance.

Myth #6 – Based on #5 and all that is included in dental care – the best plan is to have my veterinarian who knows my horse and is available for other problems and emergencies perform the dental care on my horse.

Fact! No one can do a better job than the Doctors who know you and your horse and are extensively trained in dentistry, medicine and surgery.

Myth #7 – Horses only need to be floated every few years.

Fiction! Some horses maintain a healthy mouth for a few years. Others need to be checked annually. Senior horses with missing or severely worn teeth, horses with over- or under-bites, and young horses should be checked every six months at a minimum.

Congratulations! Most of you likely did well on this quiz as we know what great quality care you give your horses.

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