Routine Dentistry

Equine dentistry requires significant post-graduate training and a veterinary medicine education in order to be performed safely and effectively.  Dr. Steinebach underwent significant post-graduate dental training including studying under the world-renowned Dr. Bayard Rucker.

vet performs preventative dental float using the PowerFloat instrument

Horses need regular preventive dental maintenance every six months to one year. Unlike people, horses’ teeth have an eruption rate of two-three mm per year. The teeth should wear in correspondence to yearly eruption rate. Malocclusions, or improper position of the teeth, can lead to many health issues and behavioral problems.

a view inside the horses mouth

Identifying dental problems as early as possible is important. There are several factors that come into play at a young age that might increase treatment needed, or make a remedy even possible: loss of food while eating; eats hay before his grain; grain in water bucket; difficulty chewing or excess salivation; loss of body condition; large undigested food particles in manure larger than one quarter inch; head tilting or tossing; bit chewing; tongue lolling; tries to rear while bridling; fighting the bit or resisting the bridal; bucking or failing to stop or turn; foul odor from the mouth or nostrils; traces of blood in the mouth; or nasal discharge or swelling of the face. Other horses may not show noticeable signs, because they just simply adapt to their discomfort. The number one misconception of most horse owners regarding their horses teeth is, “horses in good body condition cannot have dental problems.” This is patently untrue.

The introduction of the PowerFloat has enabled the equine veterinarian to accomplish all floating procedures with just one instrument. It’s versatile design has created a new era of equine dentistry. An era of gentle and precise dentistry. With the PowerFloat the highest standard of equine dental care can be achieved.  Dr. Steinebach has training and expertise in all equine dental modalities, though elects to exclusively utilize the PowerFloat for all routine preventative dentistries.

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