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Dental Care

Dental Issues and Facial Trauma: More Common Than You Think

May 2018

Horses, and especially young ones, are curious by nature. They can be playful and, unfortunately, that play can quickly turn into an accident which results in injury. Injuries to the head are extremely common and I come across many, many people whose own horses have suffered previous head trauma and yet, they (the owners) have no inkling or idea there was ever an injury.

Dental Surgery and Extractions

November 2017

As dental surgery becomes more complicated, so too do the headaches.  For many horse owners, dentistry and dental complaints aren’t something that’s front of mind. After all, their horse looks fine, eats okay and can be ridden. Furthermore, the assumption is often that, if there was a problem, it would be new, easily identified and quickly fixed, so things could go back to the way they had always been… Right? Wrong!

The Evolution of the Horse

March 2017

Personally, I find it pretty amazing that we are fortunate enough to be able to look back at the evolution of the modern horse (Equus Caballus) thanks to the existence of a fossil record. But... Why do we need to know? A better understanding highlights that equines have a very unique dental arrangement that benefits from early planned and scheduled examinations to be carried out by a suitably trained dental veterinarian. 

Free Equine Dentistry Research Collection

November 2016

Proficiency in equine dentistry is becoming a standard requirement in practice, and there has been significant progression in knowledge and techniques in recent years. To support the continuing advancements in this field, the Equine Veterinary Journal has released a research collection of dentistry articles. Co-edited by Paddy Dixon and Vicki Nicholls the collection is free to all readers and coincides with the appointment of Vicki Nicholls as President of the British Equine Veterinary Association (BEVA).

What's In That Mouth?

August 2016

As a vet with experience when it comes to looking inside horses’ mouths, little would surprise me as to what I might find in there. It seems, however, I can’t state and repeat enough that horses, being by their very nature an animal that is both curious and cautious, are often prone to both oral injury and the ingestion of unusual or foreign objects. And, all the while, in many cases, they show no outward sign of there being any problem.

Dental X-Rays

May 2016

This month, Dr Shannon Lee, a member of Equine Dental Vets, talks about the important role of dental x-rays. He outlines why x-rays are commonly used in veterinary denistry, so that horse owners can better understand the process, technology and benefits for their own horses undergoing treatment. 

Not Like Pulling Teeth

November 2015

According to Dr Shannon Lee of Advanced Equine Dentistry,  ‘pulling a tooth’ is a term that needs to change. If you’ve been around horses, chances are you will at some point hear someone say “my horse had to have a tooth pulled out” or some similar comment.  To understand why (other than baby or diseased) teeth cannot be ‘pulled’, you need to understand the very unique characteristics of horse teeth, which Dr Shannon Lee explains in this article. 

First Dental

August 2015

When should my horse have his first dental exam?  It’s a common enough question in the horse industry and, while many people will actually offer an opinion, they may not have taken the time to become well informed.  In this article, Equine Dental Vet Dr Shannon Lee answers this question and explains why, when it comes to dental care, you need to monitor, care for and manage your young horses from a very early age. 

Flip the Lip: Bits and Bitting Demystified

May 2015

If you want a topic to spark a conversation, generate some controversy or perhaps motivate someone to produce the collection of bits they’ve bought and tried over the years, then this is certainly it...  Whilst I make no claims to be an expert on the subject, as a specialist equine dental veterinarian, I know horses’ mouths well and, over the years, I have identified some simple and common mistakes and problems that affect many horses and riders. 


October 2014

As well as being quite a mouthful, Equine Odontoclastic Tooth Resorption and Hypercementosis (better known as EOTRH) is a form of periodontal disease causing the destruction of dental tissues that lead to weakness, tooth fracture, pain and infection.  Back in 2007, Dr Shannon Lee from Advanced Equine Dentistry diagnosed the first cases in Australia. Here, he explains about what is a common, yet poorly understood, progressive disease that, at present, has no cure and requires expert treatment and management from your Equine Dental Vet.


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