How to Clean a Horse's Teeth and Gums Properly

Horses are known to have amazingly clean teeth and mouths; they often need little to no dental care, unlike dogor humans. However, keeping your horse’s mouth as clean as possible can improve his quality of life and longevity, so it’s important to keep an eye on them and do what you can to keep their mouths healthy. In this article, we’ll go over how to clean a horse’s teeth and gums properly.

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What Are the Benefits of Regular Dental Care for My Horse?

Keeping your horse’s teeth in good shape is an important part of preventative veterinary care. Good dental health will help your horse eat more easily, which will improve his digestion and performance. If you don’t already have a dental program for your horse, read on to learn more about how regular teeth cleaning can keep him healthy and happy!


Why Are Regular Dental Checkups Important?

Your horse’s teeth are an integral part of his or her overall health. If you have ever heard your horse make chewing noises, especially in the morning, it is likely that he or she has some level of dental discomfort. Having regular checkups from your veterinarian will ensure that your horse’s teeth are healthy, as well as help him or her avoid serious issues down the road.

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Is It Necessary to Remove Tartar From My Horse’s Teeth?

In most cases, it is highly recommended that you regularly remove your horse’s tartar, as it can cause quite a bit of pain in animals. If your horse seems uncomfortable or isn’t eating properly, he might have plaque buildup on his teeth. Tartar is essentially calcified plaque that has accumulated on your horse’s teeth. Over time, tartar will harden and start cracking into pieces, which are known as dental calculi.


What Kind of Equipment Will I Need?

You’ll need some kind of scrapers. They can be made from many different materials: hard plastic, rubber, nylon. The important thing is that they are neither too hard nor too soft (hard scrapers will scratch your horse’s gums, soft ones won’t clean well), have multiple uses, and that you buy a variety pack so you can experiment with which ones work best for you.


Do I Have To Use Special Products?

Not necessarily. A scrubbing sponge, old toothbrush, or even your fingers can do an adequate job at cleaning your horse’s teeth. Just be gentle—teeth are surprisingly sensitive. If you want something special, try soaking a clump of moss in water overnight so it becomes saturated with moisture. Then rub it on your horse’s teeth while they’re resting in their stall; it should slide off easily with no scraping required!


What Happens If I Don't Perform Equine Dentistry on My Horse Regularly?

If you don't brush your horse's teeth regularly, over time you will see signs of dental disease. Most commonly, you'll find cavities in your horse's mouth where bacteria have eaten away at tooth enamel. Left untreated, cavities can lead to abscesses in your horse's mouth which will cause an infection or even death if not treated quickly.

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When Should I Schedule My Horse's Next Dental Exam/Examination?

Horses require regular dental exams every 6 months, so if you have an older horse he or she will likely need a checkup soon. Knowing when it’s time for your horse’s next dental exam can help give you peace of mind that everything is OK. Schedule your next appointment by talking with your veterinarian today!

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