The Importance Of The Tongue

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If you have ever had a sore on your tongue or have bit it you know how difficult it becomes to move it around the mouth. Without this movement, 3 important effects are removed. In every discussion, article, and text about equine dentistry, there is never any mention of the tongue except for gruesome laceration stories. The importance of the …

Points – What Are They In Equine Dentistry?

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Points are the sharp edges created on the edge of the chewing surface that can create sores (ulcers) on the cheeks as well as the tongue. Removal of this excess hard enamel is the process of floating the horse. The rasp “floats” over the wave like sharp edges until the surface becomes smooth. Eruption, Not Growth Have you ever used …

Caps And Cap Remnants In Young Horse Teeth

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In terms of horse teeth, caps are what we humans call our baby teeth. Technically, they are called deciduous teeth because they fall of like leaves of a deciduous tree. They sit like a cap on your head over the permanent tooth erupting below it. They are located over the incisor teeth (also known as the nippers directly behind the …

Broken Horse Teeth

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As a horse dentist, I commonly find broken teeth while doing an equine dental exam. They are usually incidental findings. On occasion though, a small chip hangs at the gum attachment and irritates the opposing cheek creating pain and a training issue. On the other hand, I have found horses with the tooth split down the middle like you would …

Abscesses In Horse Teeth

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An abscess in a horse tooth is very rare. More commonly are infected draining tracts along the tooth. Long term antibiotics and diligent floating resolve most cases with surgery as a last resort. Abscesses can occur within the tooth or along the side penetrating down to the tip of the root. While removal of the tooth has been the traditional …