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    02-24-2010, 04:14 PM
  #1
Foal
Horse's teeth rotting? Do you brush them?

I've been told by a few different people that you should brush your horses teeth to prevent cavities, rotting, and such. But I also heard horses don't have enamal on their teeth like we do so they don't get cavities...is this true?
Also, why do horses teeth rot and how is it prevented? Does sweet feed have any affect on the teeth?
     
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    02-24-2010, 04:46 PM
  #2
Showing
These people are obviously having a laugh at your expense, because I've never heard of anyone brushing a horse's teeth.

Horses' teeth grow constantly until they're about 25-27 y/o. After that, there just isn't any more left to grow out. Because of this constant growth, a domestic horse's teeth need to be floated at least once a year.

If your horse's teeth are rotting out of its head, there's something seriously wrong with the animal and you need to call a vet.
     
    02-24-2010, 04:50 PM
  #3
mls
Trained
You do not need to brush their teeth. When the vet checks their teeth, they can knock off any extra plaque that builds up.

There are equine dentists out there that specialize in fillings and braces but as Speed Racer said - the teeth grow throughout their whole life. I would think a filling would be a waste of hay money.
     
    02-24-2010, 05:15 PM
  #4
Green Broke
Speed Racer and mls covered it, but I had to say I got a nice chuckle at the mental image your posts brought me.
     
    02-24-2010, 09:00 PM
  #5
Yearling
You have to remember that one of the main reasons we need to brush our teeth is because we are eating foods we were not meant to eat. Humans are not designed to eat potato chips, soda, and cookies, so we get cavities pretty easily. Horses, however, are eating foods that are healthy for them in most stables (hay or grass) and therefore don't have the teeth issues we have. I suppose if you fed a horse enough sugary feed you could get issues, but you shouldn't feed a lot of sugary feed in the first place. Horses need their teeth checked once a year for floating, so you can ask the horse dentist how the horse's teeth are holding up. I don't think horses need their teeth brushed in normal circumstances, if at all.
     
    02-24-2010, 09:48 PM
  #6
Foal
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Originally Posted by Speed Racer    
These people are obviously having a laugh at your expense, because I've never heard of anyone brushing a horse's teeth.

Horses' teeth grow constantly until they're about 25-27 y/o. After that, there just isn't any more left to grow out. Because of this constant growth, a domestic horse's teeth need to be floated at least once a year.

If your horse's teeth are rotting out of its head, there's something seriously wrong with the animal and you need to call a vet.
Oh, no, they were serious. I swear they were - I wasn't just falling for it. But, they're not really horse people, they were just saying that all pets should have their teeth brushed by their owners, including horses. I've never heard of that and I was very confused because, well, when an adult tells you something it's hard to think they're wrong...you know?
As for the rotting, I was just asking because I saw pictures online...my horses teeth are fine. I also know about the growing and floating.
     
    02-24-2010, 09:54 PM
  #7
Trained
Just remember this if they ever give you any other advice about your horse. I have some pretty gentle horses but I don't think I'm man enough to brush their teeth on a regular basis. It's pretty difficult brushing my two year olds teeth and I'm way bigger than he is.
     
    02-25-2010, 09:46 AM
  #8
Showing
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Originally Posted by Brianna6432    
But, they're not really horse people
This says everything.

I admire that you have enough respect for adults that you listen to what they have to say, but when you want to know something about horses, ask an experienced horse person. Non horse people literally have no clue.

I got a giggle out of my mental picture of someone trying to chase down their horse with a giant toothbrush!
     
    02-25-2010, 10:21 AM
  #9
Green Broke
Quote:
Originally Posted by Speed Racer    
These people are obviously having a laugh at your expense, because I've never heard of anyone brushing a horse's teeth.

Horses' teeth grow constantly until they're about 25-27 y/o. After that, there just isn't any more left to grow out. Because of this constant growth, a domestic horse's teeth need to be floated at least once a year.

If your horse's teeth are rotting out of its head, there's something seriously wrong with the animal and you need to call a vet.
Yup, what I was going to say.

The reason human's teeth get cavaties is because we eat "unnatural" foods, like sweets, sugary drinks, and acidic foods. Horses is grass, hay, and small quantities of grains or feed. They don't eat anything that would cause tooth decay.

The only reason a horse's tooth may rot is if it is cracked and bacteria can get in to the root. If that happens, the vet has to extract the tooth.
     
    02-25-2010, 10:38 AM
  #10
Weanling
The only thing I can think of is if someone feeds sugar cubes, and hopefully no one does!
     

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