- Horse teeth have no nerves so your horse won’t suffer from a toothache. However it may suffer from wounds caused by hooks at the inside of its cheek.
- What are hooks? (see How)
Hooks are razor-sharp points at the hindmost teeth (molars). Those hooks arise because the horse’s teeth always keep on growing on and they are subject to an irregular wear.
- What are wolf teeth? (see How)
Most of the horses get wolf teeth around the age of 3. Wolf teeth stand just before the hindmost molars. The bit can touch the wolf teeth and cause problems. As wolf teeth have one nerve, it is possible that it causes pain when the bit is drawed against it. Because of this the wolf teeth can also break off. For this reason it is advisable that those are removed.
- Inflammations on gums:
One or more inflammations can turn up if your horse has a poor dental care - just like people. Especially the food rests which stick behind hooks or between demolished teeth, lead to inflammations. For this reason it is advisable to have a check-up every year!
- Why do they talk about a horse dentist now and not formerly?
In nature there is no horse dentist, no veterinary surgeon or farrier. Only the strongest animal survives. In America, they already found skulls of wild horses with serious mouth aberrations. Those aberrations were the result of a non-existing dental horsecare. Mostly horses with serious dental problems cannot survive in free nature.