Indications and Common Dental Problems
Horses and Ponies that display unwanted behaviour and/or personality may be suffering from one or several problems…
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- Sharp enamel points forming on cheek teeth causing
lacerations of cheeks and tongue.
- Retained caps (baby teeth not shed)
- Discomfort caused by bit contact with wolf teeth.
- Long and/or canine teeth pinching tongue when bridled
and/or interfering with insertion or removal of bit.
- Hooks forming on the upper and lower cheek teeth.
- Incorrect incisor angles.
- Lost and/or broken teeth.
- Abnormal or uneven bite planes.
- Excessively worn teeth.
- Infected teeth and/or gums.
- Misalignment/poor opposition (can be due to
congenital defects or injury)
- Periodontal (gum) disease.
- Loss of feed from mouth when eating.
- Difficulty with chewing.
- Excessive salivation.
- Large or undigested feed particles (long stems
or whole grain) in manure.
- Head tilting or tossing, bit chewing,
tongue lolling, fighting the bit.
- Resisting bridle.
- Poor performance – stiffness, bucking, rearing,
hanging on the rein.
- Foul odour from the mouth or nostrils, or traces
of blood from the mouth.
- Nasal discharge or swelling of the face,
jaw or mouth tissues.
- Sudden tiring during exercise.