Equine Dentistry Update

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One of the oldest of adages in the horse world is, “No feet, no horse.” We could add another that is just as appropriate, “No teeth, no horse.” The teeth are one of the most important parts of a horse’s anatomy, yet they often are neglected. Many horse owners make regular trips to the dentist to have their teeth cleaned, cavities filled, and, in some instances, a tooth extracted. Yet, for many, it is very easy to neglect routine care for their horses’ teeth.








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Regular routine dental care is the best safeguard against tooth problems. This might involve examining and treating horses with problems every six months.

Neglect of your equine’s teeth can have the same disastrous results as neglect of your own teeth. Without good teeth, a horse can’t properly masticate its food. Debilitation, loss of energy, and overall reduction in physical health follow

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Les Sellnow was a prolific freelance writer based near Riverton, Wyoming. He specialized in articles on equine research, and operated a ranch where he raised horses and livestock. He authored several fiction and nonfiction books, including Understanding Equine Lameness and Understanding The Young Horse. He died in 2023.

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