0-12 Months

0-12 Months

At or soon after birth foals will have a total of 16 teeth present, four incisors or front teeth and 12 premolars or back teeth. At six to eight weeks four more incisors will erupt through the gum and at approximately six months the last set of deciduous incisors will erupt. At the same time if they are present wolf teeth will erupt. Wolf teeth are small long rooted teeth....

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1-6 Years

1-6 Years

Horses in this age period need to be treated through exams every 6 months.

During this period horses will shed 24 deciduous teeth and erupt up to 44 permanent teeth. Problems such as sharp enamel cingulae (points), impacted teeth, deciduous or baby teeth that fail to shed and early development of serious cheek teeth malocclusions such as hooks, waves and ramps can be identified.

Horses that receive this kind of regular dental...

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6-12 Years

6-12 Years

Recommendation: Most horses in light work on a mostly pasture based diet will need to be seen every 12 months.

All adult teeth should now be present in the horse's mouth. The rate of wear begins to slow slightly as the teeth harden. Horses in heavy work or horses that are stabled and fed concentrates will need more regular examinations as these changes cause them to chew differently affecting the way...

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13-20 Years

13-20 Years

Most horses in this age bracket require annual dental exams.

Some of the horses in this age group are beginning to have a decreased ability to maintain condition due to a decrease in the availability of nutrients across the gut wall; some will need an increased dietary intake.

Common dental conditions account for about a thirty percent decrease in weight and proper care is vital to ensure these horses maintain a healthy...

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Over 20 Years

Over 20 Years

Recommendation: This age group of horses should be seen every six months to allow early detection of problems and maintain good oral hygiene.

Dentally, this group of horses is beginning to reach the end of their reserve crown. They often have concurrent diseases that affect them such as cushings (hyper adrenocortiscism) and can have difficulty maintaining weight just like elderly people. So their diet, dental care and management of other diseases...

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