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Equine Dental Care - Understanding Horse Mouths

 Kelly S. Riley
  21st-Mar-2014
Description: This medical presentations is about horses mouth care and more about dental treatment. Dogs and cats, horse teeth keep erupting & are ever changing. Eating wears the teeth down, but uneven edges can develop; causing sores on the cheeks and tongue. The adult male horse has up to 44 permanent teeth, and a mare might have 36-40 permanent teeth with a root four inches long inches. Horses uses their very dexterous lips to choose their feed and draw it into their incisors (also known as nippers). With their incisors, they tear the grass from the ground, and with their tongue, move the food back to the molars. The molars act as a millstone, grinding the grass, hay, or grain into digestible sizes easy to swallow. Now talk about mouths Diet is strictly plant based, To digest the amounts and types of roughage, they have to do a whole lot of chewing. Constant chewing wears away the teeth on a constant basis. Types of tooth that has both soft and hard parts, and the teeth erupt continually, but very slowly, at a rate of about 2-3mm a year. Ideal conditions would allow them to have their teeth approximately 25 years. Deciduous molars are baby teeth replaced by permanent teeth. As the root of the baby tooth is dissolved by the permanent tooth, which erupts from underneath, a cap is the result. The cap is then shed at different ages, usually between 2 1⁄2 to 4 1⁄2 years of age, depending on breed and proper tooth alignment during eruption.
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Domain: Medical
Category: Veterinary
Contributing Organization: Wayne SWCD
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Contents:
EQUINE DENTAL CARE

The “INs” of
Equine Care

DID YOU KNOW…
Unlike dogs and cats, horse teeth keep erupting & are ever
changing. Eating wears the teeth down, but uneven edges
can develop; causing sores on the cheeks and tongue.

The adult male horse has up to 44 permanent teeth, and a
mare might have 36-40 permanent teeth with a root four
inches long!!!

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