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What does a routine dental check up involve?


Visual and hands on examination of the horse’s head. Check incisors, jaw alignment and movement. Assess horse’s demeanour are they anxious or painful? Using a Hausmann gag, check tongue, cheeks, gums and lips, looking for ulcers, food packing, gaps between teeth (diastema) and areas of pain.  Teeth are checked for correct positioning, looseness, overgrowths, sharp points, ridges, fractures, caries (decay). Checking is carried out by feeling and visually with a light and mirror.  Creating a dental chart at every examination to record the dental history of the horse.

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