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I took this picture several weeks after this horse underwent aggressive motorized dentistry. This is NOT how your horse’s teeth should look after dentistry.

Notice how the edges of the teeth are curved, the biting surface is smooth, and the front of the first premolar has been removed. In the short term, this procedure causes thermal damage and impairs the teeth’s ability to break down fiber, reducing the intestinal digestive enzymes nutrient processing. And long term, it removes surface enamel from the tooth that CAN NEVER BE RESTORED. Year after year of this procedure will reduce the life of your horses’ teeth, but the damage may not be show until it is too late to change the outcome.

This is what your horse’s teeth should look like after correct dentistry, whether performed with hand tools or motorized tools. Our understanding of equine oral health has come so far in the past decade, there is NO EXCUSE for “over-floating”.

Annual dentistry is a vital part of LONG TERM health care. Don’t let your horse’s condition in later years be compromised by poor management today. Foot care, nutrition, deworming, and DENTISTRY are the 4 corners of your horse’s longevity. Ask me any questions at your fall clinic appointment. An important part of my role in your horse’s life is to answer your questions and keep you informed

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