My method of treatment is methodical hand filing using tungsten file blades. This is in the interest of safe treatment (for further details please refer to AEDPA Link Statement+on+the+Use+of+Power+Tools+AEDPA+2007.pdf). Significant extensions will be removed without the use of non watercooled grinders or tooth cutting tools.
WHEN CHOSING AN EQUINE DENTIST BE AWARE THAT ANY DENTIST (WHO IS NOT A VET) WHO SEDATES A HORSE IS BREAKING THE LAW
Depending on its age your horse will require treatment every 6-15 months. Unless there is a special reason, most middle aged horses will require annual treatment as long as this is carried out properly by a certified practitioner. Dentists who say that treatment should be more frequent may be doing this for their own benefit so it pays to be informed about your horse's dental needs.
A free check up is available for youngsters. Treatment begins at around 18 months of age, preferably once your horse is happy to accept a bridle.
Your horse may have dental problems which prevent proper conversion of feed. A check up by a dentist and vet wil help you be informed about your horse's condition. Aged horses have different nutritional needs and you will reqiuire information on what the best diet is for your horse.
The National Equine Dental Practitioners Association (formerly AEDPA) is leading the way in introducing uniform level standards in equine dentistry in Australia. There are plans to set up an international licensing structure for equine dentists in order to assure proper dental care.
Many concerns have been expressed about various methods and to address these concerns the NEDP has issued bulletins to help make an informed choice. These free bulletins identify the risk of power tool use, sedation, and restraints and provide general equine dentistry guidelines for owners. Equine Dental Care Bulletins are available from the web site coming soon.