Equine Dental Care
I have been a practicing Equine Dentist for a little over eight years. In that time I have met some fascinating people and even more fascinating horses! The fact that these magnificent creatures allow us the liberties we take with them and for their welfare is amazing.
Take my trade, dental care. An Equine Dentist is concerned with equilibration of the mouth, that is bringing all surfaces in the mouth into balance. Horses teeth erupt at the rate of wear and are made of the same stuff ours are just comprised differently. While our teeth are cementin and dentin encased in enamel, theirs have enamel ribbonned through the softer substances. When a horse chews the enamel forms sharp points that are painful and eventually will restrict movement in and of the mouth. My job is to float or file off these sharp points and also to ensure the teeth are all the correct height and angled properly on each arcade. Equine dental care is far more different than veneers modesto. The set of teeth of horses is different from that of humasn. This requires different trainings. This will really test your patience and your eagerness to be expert on this kind of dental care.
I do not use sedation in my practice, and I quickly discovered that horses will actually help me do my job! Over the years I have come across individuals that absolutely would not let me work, and in those instances I call for a Veterinarian Pediatric dentist in Vista to administer sedation. There have been occasions when I had wished I could call for sedation of the owners!
Horses let us do what we do out of trust. When I approach a horse, my first goal is to put the animal at ease with me. I talk to them and I listen to what they tell me. Their responses to my voice, my touch tells me who they are and how best to approach them. Some prefer me to work quickly and aggressively to remedy their problems while others want a slow methodical approach. No two are the same but my goal is always the same to do my job thoroughly and accurately thereby making the horse’s world a better place to be.
While the most urgent reason to maintain a horse’s dentition is health related, good teeth chew better meaning that more food is properly digested. Horses that have regular dental care, accomplished by a trained Equine Dentist, reduce their chances of colic by about 80%. The secondary benefit is improved performance. When we remove the source of pain and discomfort in a horses mouth we enable them to respond to the cues we are giving them.
These incredible intelligent and responsive beings want to please us! They only ask for a gentle hand and a willing heart to care for them properly. Like shoeing or trimming their feet, dental care should be routine. Horses up to 5 years of age should have their teeth checked every 6 months, as they have deciduous teeth, like human children. These baby teeth shed to allow the permanent ones to erupt. It is essential to ensure that the top and bottom teeth are shedding and erupting at the same rate to avoid problems in the future. Horses over 5 need to see a dentist yearly to maintain a happy mouth.