• 599 State Rd, Bloomsburg, PA • 17815

  • Dental Care (horses)

  • Routine dental care is essential for the comfort and longevity of the horse. The upper jaw of the horse is wider than the lower jaw, which results in very efficient crushing of food particles. The grinding action of the molar teeth tend to produce sharp points on the outside of the upper molars and on the lingual aspect of the lower molars. Routine maintenance of a horse’s teeth has been historically referred to as “floating.” Floating to balance the arcade is required for general maintenance of the horse's teeth. Irregularities are most common in the incisor and molar teeth of mature and geriatric horses. The mouth of the horse changes throughout life, but the greatest changes occur from ages 2–5; therefore, semiannual or annual treatment is important. 

    Floating has a few primary benefits, such as:
    • Removes the sharp enamel points
    • Correcting malocclusion
    • Balancing the dental arcades

    Sharp points and uneven wear can cause problems not initially considered to be tooth related. The horse may be prone to:
    • Mouth ulcers
    • Choking
    • Gastric ulcers
    • Back pain
    • Erratic head carriage when the bit is in the mouth

    Behavior problems may be a result of long, sharp teeth, an uneven arcade, or abscesses in the teeth or gums. Complete oral examination, including visualization of the premolars and molars, requires sedation, a speculum, and good lighting. Motorized dental instruments and carbide float blades have made equine dental care more precise as well as more comfortable for the horse.

    Using state of the art motorized instruments and conservative tooth reduction techniques, we will properly align the incisors and molars. Removal of sharp enamel points, placement of bit seats and canine tooth reduction complete the balancing of the mouth.

    Contact us today if you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment!