Glastonbury CT Vet

Dental Care

Beckett & Associates recommends routine dental care for all horses. Horses have "hypsodont" teeth that continually grow in length throughout their lifetime. Due to their high forage diet, horses' teeth are designed to wear continually as they grind their feedstuffs. The lower jaw is slightly narrower then the upper jaw in a normal horse. The oval grinding motion that occurs while the horse eats tends to create points on the cheek surfaces of the upper molars and the tongue surface of the lower molars. These points can cut the inside of the cheeks and the edges of the tongue when the horse wears a bridle or halter. Horses with abnormal occlusion will wear their teeth in an abnormal pattern creating more points and also hooks or ramps. These abnormalities can change the way the horse eats and perceives gravity due to changes in the tempro-mandibular joint (TMJ). Horses' teeth should be checked at least once a year during the annual exam to determine if their dental occlusion is appropriate. A dental float should be performed at that time if points are noted on exam.

The doctors at Beckett & Associates perform regular dental floating including correction of points, hooks, ramps and wave mouth abnormalities. We also offer incisor realignment, woof teeth extractions and molar extractions. Our doctors use a full mouth speculum and a combination of hand floating and electric floating to correct your horses' occlusion.