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Periodontal Disease in Horses

By

Jack Easley

, DVM, MS, DAVDC (Equine), DABVP (EQ), Easley Equine Dentistry, Shelbyville, KY

Reviewed/Revised Feb 2024
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Periodontal disease is common in older horses and is almost always associated with diastemata (gaps) that form between cheek teeth and/or incisors. Successful management includes correcting dental wear abnormalities and cleaning out trapped feed. The stage of disease can be gauged by the amount of attachment that has been lost between the tooth and the dental socket. Severe cases of periodontal disease, with unstable teeth, usually benefit from oral extraction.

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