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Dental & Oral Conditions, Generally

Synonyms: Periodontis

There are literally hundreds of conditions that affect equine teeth and the equine mouth. Now more than ever vets recognize the complex diseases that can involve the teeth and associated tissues. New research and better imaging allows us to differentiate these processes in a way never seen before.

Generally, there is a tendency toward more conservative management and an increasing appreciation of the live tissue that makes up most of the equine tooth.

Recognize the diversity of conditions that affect the teeth, most of which will not be diagnosable by you. Your vet needs to look closely, have good equipment and experience to differentiate between these conditions and treat them appropriately. Some vets have more interest, training, and experience in diagnosing and treating dental conditions than others.

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Author: Doug Thal DVM Dipl. ABVP

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