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The Gold Standard of Dental Care: The Juvenile Horse
- Griffin, Cleet
- The Veterinary clinics of North America 2013 v.29 no.2 pp. 487-504
- abnormal development, cleft palate, enamel, foals, head, image analysis, monkeys, neoplasms, nose, oral hygiene, parrots, skull, sows, teeth, veterinary clinics, wolves, North America
- Postpartum evaluation of the foal's head and mouth are performed to detect craniofacial malformations and other congenital defects. Detailed oral examination and diagnostic imaging can provide diagnostic and prognostic information about congenital abnormalities of the mouth or skull. Important abnormalities of foals include wry nose, cleft palate, overbite (parrot mouth), and underbite (monkey mouth, sow mouth). Tumors and cysts can be detected in young horses. In juvenile horses, primary dental care procedures include oral examination, management of sharp enamel points, management of deciduous teeth, and management of wolf teeth. Facial or jaw swellings are also important considerations.