Horse’s teeth are very different to our teeth, they constantly erupt throughout their life (about 3mm per year) and are worn down as the horse grinds its food. Horses teeth get sharp for a number of reasons;
Virtually every horse has what is called an abnormality of wear affecting its dentition. What this means in simple terms is that the teeth become "uneven". It can be subtle or dramatic but some degree of asymmetric wear is generally present.
This is a big problem for horses. Why? Well, uneven wear means that one tooth or several teeth are being worn out faster than the others. This can dramatically shorten the functional lifespan of the teeth and lead to premature expiry of those teeth. The equine dental technicians job is to maintain what is called the “balance” of the mouth, by reducing the under worn teeth, rather confusingly called “overgrowths”.
In the last 20 years or so, motorised rasps have become very popular. Many horse owners assume that if the person “floating” their horses teeth is using ‘power tools” that they are addressing these abnormalities of wear. Sadly, this is all too often not the case. It takes many years of training to become proficient at correcting these “overgrowths“ or “balancing” as it is known.
Horses teeth are also very commonly susceptible to many other diseases similar to those that we can get with our own teeth, such as caries, decay, periodontal (gum) disease, tooth abscesses and so on, therefore a detailed oral examination is an essential part of dental care, so that any issues can be quickly treated before they escalate.
First class equine dentist. Mark really knows his stuff and most importantly cares about the welfare of his patients. I've had some bad experiences with horse dentists in the past who just seem to think a quick rasp is enough. I won't use anyone else now., excellent service.Steph, Cleveland
My 20 year old pony has had a lot of previous dental work done before I owned him but I have no record of exactly what this entailed, therefore I want to ensure his mouth is properly looked after now he is getting older. I am confident he is in good hands with Mark and I thoroughly recommend him.Debbie, NW Lancs
Mark has been an immense source of support and advice for us around our horses' dental problems. He is immensely skilled at his profession & has proven to have very sound clinical judgment & I would trust his word absolutely. Our horses can be very difficult to handle & Mark has managed them very well. They both have had previously untreated significant dental problems that Mark has remedied in his first few visits & we are delighted that secondary problems seem to have been averted by his management. I would recommend him without hesitationNicky, North Yorkshire
Mark fit me in at short notice when he heard my horse was spitting out his hay. He spent lots of time working on my horses teeth, explaining everything as he did it so I knew what was going on. I would definitely recommend him.Jessica, Redcar