Advanced Whole Horse Dentistry
Spencer LaFlure, EqD., DDS
869 High Street, Athol, NY 12810
518-623-9967

Equine Dental Care Q & A's

Questions and Answers

Questions and Answers

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Questions

Answers

Q: My horse is quidding or spitting out hay, not eating properly and losing weight. I can’t get a dentist right away. What can I do?
A: Tractor Supply sells a product called Producers Pride Hay Stretcher or Standlee Timothy Hay Pellets. Get it and feed One (1) – 3lb. coffee can full morning and night for the first week. Then you can increase it to more gradually. Feed as much as you or the horse wants. It is actually just pure hay in pellet form. It melts in their mouth and puts the weight back on. Horses with NO teeth and dental problems, or any nutritionally based problem, can benefit greatly from 2yr. olds up to 30+.
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Q: My Dentist uses power instruments. Is this OK?
A: NOT AT ALL!! This type of work stops normal function of the tooth and alters the centric relation of the TMJ. The dremel runs hot and takes off too much tooth in an instant. A horse’s tooth erupts until age 25 when there is no more eruption. With too much dremel work over the years, a 15 year old might be at the end of eruption. The heat from the dremel instrument causes the tooth to become brittle like glazed pottery and more fractures might occur. The heat also stops the tooth from laying down secondary dentin which can lead to fractures. Doing dentistry with dremel instruments to get the proper bite plains and adjust the correct amount of tooth would also be like making a fine piece of furniture with a chain saw.
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Q: Where can I find a Natural Balance Dentist in my area?
A: E-Mail 4thorse@gmail.com or give us a call at (518) 623-9967

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