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   Whether you are a client who found this address on your invoice or an interested web surfer I'm glad

 

you are here!  Maybe you are a dentist yourself and you are searching for a better way to care for

 

horses teeth.  This site is dedicated to educating the public as to the merits of traditional equine

 

dentistry.  Traditional Equine Dentists use hand held floats to file a horse's molars.  The skills of the

 

 Traditional Equine Dentist  or TED go beyond simply improving the comfort and performance of a

 

 horses mouth.  They also must include horsemanship skills since our patients are rarely sedated.

 

Well floated teeth are the first critical step in caring for a horses mouth. No "advancements" in

 

 instrumentation or "new procedures" will change that.  The most cost effective,  practical,  and safe

 

way to get superior results when floating a horses teeth remains with hand held tools.  Using multiple

 

hand tools (currently there are ten floats in my bucket) and a speculum allows a dentist to negotiate all

 

 the nooks and crannies of a horses mouth.  The key to a well floated mouth is to reduce the high

 

 teeth and sharp teeth, but to do it in a even manner. Reduce the high spot,  but leave the molar table

 

 intact. The front of the molar arcades must receive the same attention as the back of the molar

 

arcades. If this approach is closely adhered to no filing of the incisors will ever be necessary. If the

 

 opposing angles of the molar tables are treated with respect no unusual incisor wear patterns will

 

develop and if unusual patterns do exist they will correct over time with no harm to the TMJ.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                

    

 

 

 Tooth fairy,  lay dentist,  floater,  call us what you will,  but please don't call us Doctor.  The tradition

 

of using lay persons to float teeth predates veterinary licensing. The tools and techniques were

 

handed down from master to apprentice or from father to son.  Every racetrack in America had skilled

 

laypersons caring for the needs of horses mouths.  Anywhere you found skilled horsemen and women

 

 you could get the phone number for the "tooth fairy".  The purpose of floating a horses teeth is to

 

 reduce the sharpness to increase comfort.  A floating also enhances the function of the mouth by

 

 reducing high teeth.  If the horse stopped ulcerating the inside of his mouth your knew you had made

 

 that horse more comfortable.  If the horse went back to eating as well or better than before his float,

 

  you knew you'd improved the function of his mouth.  In my 30+ years floating teeth in a traditional

 

manner I've corrected every type of problem.  Sloppy and slow eaters are almost always fixed through

 

 floating.  Floating can stop quidding in an older horses by allowing their geriatric mouths to function

 

better.  Riders who complain that their mounts are stiffer in one direction find that suppleness and

 

 connection are enhanced by a proper float.  Head tossing during riding is often caused by discomfort

 

in the mouth.  I've even had clients say, " their horse's attitude improved after their teeth issues were

 

addressed".

 

 

  Today horse caretakers have a myriad of choices when it comes to caring for their horses teeth.

 

  Everything from two rusty floats and grab the tongue to enough tools to build the space shuttle.  Look

 

 through my site and consider which approach to floating teeth is the most horse friendly and

 

effective.  Which approach gives the greatest results with the least risk for harm to the patient.  I

 

believe you'll find the techniques of the Traditional Equine Dentist using hand tools and horsemanship

 

 is the most effective and productive  approach to floating teeth.   

                                                                                        

 

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