|Recognizing Dental Problems|
Horses with dental problems may show obvious signs, such as pain or irritation, or they may show no noticeable signs at all. That is due to the fact that some horses simply adapt to their discomfort. For this reason, regular dental examinations are essential. Indications of dental problems include: Loss of feed from mouth while eating, difficulty with chewing, or excessive salivation. Loss of body condition may also indicate teeth problems. Head tilting or tossing, bit chewing, tongue lolling, fighting the bit, or resisting bridling are also signs that there may be something wrong. Foul odor from mouth or nostrils, or traces of blood from the mouth, nasal discharge or swelling of the face, jaw, or mouth tissues are not good things. Having a horse who fails to turn or stop, or one that bucks is not only a sign of a possible mouth problem, but isn't a lot of fun for the rider ethier.
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