Dentistry is an important part of your horse’s health care and its importance cannot be overemphasized. A well cared for mouth can improve your horse’s performance and happiness, reduces stress, as well as reducing feed costs for yourself. . Dr. Christina Mohos has attended specialized courses on dentistry so that she can offer you the best service and prevention.
An annual dental exam is recommended to make sure your horse’s mouth remains in good shape and to avoid problems before they become an issue. Young horses up until the age of 6 should have their teeth examined every 6 months. This is the time that adult teeth are coming in to replace the baby (deciduous )teeth and there are a lot of changes happening in your horse’s mouth. Again, heading off problems early can make a world of difference in a horse’s career.
A proper dental exam is essential before a horse’s mouth can be floated. This cannot be done without a good headlamp and a mouth speculum so that we can see all of your horse’s teeth. Sedation is always used to avoid danger to your horse, the vet or yourself. Usually a powerfloat is used which is a motorized device for grinding teeth. Power dentistry is more efficient and reduces trauma to your horse’s mouth. Hand floats are still important and both types of equipment may be used during an exam. We realize that not all horses will tolerate a powerfloat and manual hand floating can be done in these circumstances.