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Advanced Dentistry

The most advanced preventive care and dental treatments in the Grand Strand

How often does my horse need a dental exam?

 

At the bare minimum, your horse should have a thorough, sedated exam done once per year. But different age groups have different needs. Below we have given estimates as to how often you should have your horse examined. Every horse is unique, should be evaluated on an individual basis, and may need to be examined more frequently. Horses that have not been maintained properly throughout their life often need more frequent visits to correct major problems.

 

 

MY HORSE IS:

 

Under 6 years Old

 

Young horses have problems very specific to their age group, such as deciduous ("baby") teeth that may be loose. Their teeth are also softer when they are younger, and therefore get very sharp very fast. We have even cut our hands on teeth in this age group!

 

These horses should be examined:

Every 6 months

Age 6 to early 20s

 

The younger horses in this age group generally have pretty "normal" changes, the most frequent of which is sharp points that need to be floated. In the early teens, bigger problems start developing such as waves, hooks, ramps, and incisor problems. In the late teens, your vet will continue to keep waves, hooks, and other dental problems in check. Dentals in this age group are all about preventing more serious and expensive issues down the road!

 

These horses should be examined:

Every 12 months

Early 20s and older

 

These are our much loved senior horses! Seniors often are dealing with the most severe dental problems. Complete lack of care or knowledge of proper dental care, and sometimes just age itself can cause severe pain issues resulting in weight loss and overall poor health status. Besides correcting waves and other dental overgrowths, these horses need to be checked for loose teeth and periodontal (gum) disease on every exam. Extraction of loose teeth and treatment of periodontal disease can provide much relief for these horses!

 

These horses should be examined:

Every 6 months