Equine Dentistry Overview

Before the domestication of horses, their diet consisted mainly of dense grasses, grains and fine sand-like silicates. Over time horses developed hypsodont teeth which slowly wear away over their lifetime. As the grinding of their coarse diet wears away a little bit of tooth surface, more erupts into the mouth to take its place. Having one set of teeth for life (like humans) was not ideal as they were unable to withstand the demands put on them. Unfortunately the domestication of horses has meant they no longer live under this ideal environment so we need to intervene by way of equine dentistry to make up for the lack of wear on the teeth.




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