Equine dentistry within Ireland has evolved enormously over the last 15 to 20 years. The dental health of equines has long been recognised as playing an important role in the health and well-being of horses. Regular dental visits are now part of horses’ health schedule, along with veterinary, farriery and physical therapies.
Most performance and leisure horses nowadays are checked by their dentist on a regular basis, varying from six to 12 month intervals between visits, depending on the patient’s dental needs. Even shorter periods between visits are sometimes necessary, where animals may have issues that require close attention.