Equine Dental Floats
Have you noticed a foul odor coming from your horse’smouth or nose? Have they been losing weight, dropping food, or quidding hay(formation of hay “cigars”)? If so, it may be time to schedule a Dental Examtoday! Our team has vast experience in caring for the dental needs ofour patients, so you can be confident that at Keswick Equine Clinic, yourequine friend is in good hands when it’s time for teeth floating.
To learn more or schedule aconsultation, call us at (540) 832-3030.
What is Dental Floating?
The term “floating” refers to thefiling or rasping of a horse’s teeth and gets its name from the instrumentused; the “dental float”. For the safety of the horse and veterinarian and forthe comfort of the horse, sedation is required for an effective dental exam.Before the exam begins, the mouth is flushed to remove any food particles.
Oncethe horse’s mouth is clean, the speculum is put in place to hold the mouth openand a platform is placed under the chin so that the horse can rest its head.The teeth are then inspected for sharp points or hooks, tooth decay, andabscesses. The electric dental float will smooth any sharp points or hooks andimprove evenness of the bite.
What to Expect from a PowerFloat Procedure
- Removal of plaque from affected canine teeth
- Assessment of gum and tooth root integrity
- Rasping or Grinding of sharp enamel points (with a power tool) to ensure a smooth lingual surface and even grinding surface of teeth
- Extraction of any loose/decaying teeth (especially in elderly patients).
- Inspection of lips, tongue, cheeks, and gums for any growths, wounds, or ulcers created by sharp enamel points
- Dental Radiographs, if necessary, to assess tooth root integrity
How Do I Know If My Horse Needs a PowerFloat?
These are signs that a horse is having problems with their teeth and is in need of a floating:
- Long, unchewed particles of hay in manure
- Changes in eating or drinking habits
- Irregular movement of lower jaw
- Bumps or enlargement on jaw/side of face
- Dropping partially chewed food from mouth
- Weight loss
- Foul odor coming from mouth/nose
- Holding head in abnormal position during eating
- Head shaking during work
Schedule an Appointment Today at Keswick Equine Clinic
Our team looks forward to helping with any questions or concerns you might have about a PowerFloat. Schedule an appointment for a consultation or a dental cleaning today. Call us at (540) 832-3030!
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