Common Equine Dentistry Questions
By Amelie McAndrews, DVM (Jan 16, 2013)

Why is routine oral care important?
Horses of all ages depend on the ability to chew. If food is not properly chewed, it is not digested efficiently, which can lead to chronic colic, choke, weight loss, and nutritional deficiencies. Regular, preventative, dental care prolongs the life of the horse’s teeth (and the horse) by recognizing and treating abnormalities early on, before they become major problems.

Oral problems, such as infections of the teeth roots, gum disease, and oral ulcers from sharp dental points, cause pain and discomfort and can affect athletic performance. A painful horse will not perform to its full potential or have a good quality of life.

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Equine Odontoclastic Tooth Resorption and Hypercementosis (EOTRH)
By Amelie McAndrews, DVM (Jan 16, 2013)

What is EOTRH?
EOTRH is a recently recognized, painful condition most often found in older horses. This disease mostly affects incisors and canine teeth, but can affect molars as well.

In this disease, the body starts to resorb the affected teeth. The teeth then try to regain strength by laying down more calcified tissue (cementum) around and in the teeth. The teeth can’t keep up in some places and lay down too much calcified tissue in other places. This calcified tissue is not as strong as the tissue it is trying to replace and the teeth sometimes become loose, fractured, or fall out. This allows bacteria to enter the tooth and the surrounding structures, causing gingivitis (inflammation in the gums) and pulpitis (inflammation in the pulp horn- live part of the tooth).

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