Intro to Equine Dentistry

Proper dental care is essential to your horse's health. Your horse will be more comfortable, utilize feed more efficiently, perform better, and may even live longer.1

Malocclusions, or the improper position and contact between teeth, lead to inefficient chewing, bit discomfort, excessive wear, and premature loss of teeth. Many horses will not show symptoms of dental problems until it's too late. Horses experiencing oral pain will not perform up to their best abilities.1

Complete oral exams every six months to one year and regular preventive dental care allow horses to live healthier and perform better.1

Our goal is a happy healthy horse!1

Lateral excursion is the movement of the lower jaw from side to side as the horse chews. Numerous dental disorders interfere on lateral excursion of the lower jaw and occlusion of the teeth.

Indications of dental problems include:

  • dropping feed from mouth while eating
  • inefficient feeding habits such as chewing difficulty, colic episode
  • poor coat and condition, weight loss
  • whole grain and long stems of hay in the feces
  • traces of blood in mouth
  • nasal discharge, swelling of the face, bad breath, bump on the lower jawbone
  • fighting or resisting the bit while training, head tossing or titling, failing to stop or turn

Regular routine dental care is the best safeguard against these problems.

After the proper dental condition has been restored, it is not unusual for the amount of feed needed to drop.

Riding and training are affected by dental disorders. Injuries to the cheeks, the tongue or the gum are common and can keep a horse from attaining its maximum potential.



Discerning Hands Equine Dentistry
Serving Lansing, East Lansing, Flint, Detroit & All Outlying Areas
Phone 517-242-0386
E-mail equineprofessionals@yahoo.com


1 Information used with permission from Advanced Equine Dentistry, Thomas J. Johnson, DVM, © 11/2000