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When to start dentistry? Ask the Vet


by daniel h. grove, dvm I


n the past, we have discussed the impor- tance of dentistry or floating of teeth. I am often asked, “When should a horse


receive its first float?” I think is a great starting point is around the age of one year. I understand people want to stave off put- ting out money when they can, but hopefully we can show you why it is important to get it done early. In my practice, I get to do many young


horses’ teeth. They are usually 14-20 months old and are going to start geting a bit put in their mouths. All of the horses in these pictures are from the same farm. They have not ever had any bit or other device in their mouths, and they are all 14-16 months old.


Here in this first picture, we are focused on the upper premolars and molars. If you


A monthly column by Daniel H. Grove, DVM


Got a question for Dr. Grove? Send your inquiries to vet@horsetrader.com, and it could be answered by Dr. Grove in a future column. Dr. Grove is based at West Coast Equine Medicine, headquartered in Fallbrook, Calif., where he lives with his wife Kristen.


look at the white arrows, you can see the sharp points that normally form on the outer edges of the teeth. As you can imagine, these projections can be uncomfortable. If you look at the black arrows, you can see the ulcers that have formed due to those sharp points.


Here in the second image, these are the


teeth aſter they have been floated. The white arrows are pointing to the beveled edge of the upper teeth that is now smooth against the cheek. The black arrows are pointing out the ulcers. You can imagine that the horse will be able to masticate, or chew, much more comfortably.


In the third photograph, we are focused


on the lower teeth. The white arrows are pointing to the sharp points along the tongue.


In this final image, the white arrow points


to the floated area of the lower teeth. You can see that the teeth have been beveled along the tongue to make chewing more comfortable.


Very young horses such as these are going


to require more frequent atention to their teeth in order to keep them in prime condi- tion for comfortable mastication. Most of the young horses that I get to see routinely will need this redone around every six months until they lose all of the deciduous (baby) teeth. Aſter that, it will vary between individ- ual horses, but if there are not abnormalities, every 1-2 years is usually adequate. If you keep their teeth free from sharp points, they can make beter use of their feed, be com- fortable, and then be a happier horse.


–Dan


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