Routine dental maintenance should be part of every yearly exam. Your veterinarian will “float” the horse’s teeth, which removes sharp points of enamel that form due to the way horses chew their food. Hand or motorized instruments will be used to remove hooks that form due to misaligned teeth. Wolf teeth may be removed to avoid future problems, improve performance, and eliminate pain. Your veterinarian may administer sedatives, analgesics, or local anesthetics to your horse during dental work to keep it relaxed and comfortable.

Horse’s dental needs change as they grow and mature. Work with your veterinarian to create a dental care schedule that will meet the needs of your horse. Neglected dental care may lead to more serious problems later on that will require specialist care from a veterinary equine dentist.