Conditions or ailments that are the cause of a problem that you see - your observation.

Your vet may diagnose

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.

my vet's role


Depends on specific condition diagnosed.

my role


I might observe

You might make these observations when a horse has this condition.

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Author: Doug Thal DVM Dipl. ABVP