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Assessing the prevalence of equine dental disease in the UK

H. E. Nuttall, P. J. Ravenhill

The Veterinary Journal (2019) 246, 98–102

doi: 10.1016/j.tvjl.2019.02.005

• What did the research find?

The prevalence of periodontal disease, diastemata and peripheral caries was found to be 13.9 per cent, 8.7 per cent and 8.2 per cent, respectively. Periodontal disease was more common in the mandibular arcades and in the premolar cheek teeth. Diastemata were also observed more frequently in these teeth, and periodontal disease and diastemata were found to be positively correlated. Peripheral caries were significantly more common in molar cheek teeth. Increasing age was a significant risk factor for periodontal disease and diastemata, but sex did not appear to be a risk factor for dental disease.

• How was it conducted?

The dental records of 932 horses, taken over a one-year period by a first-opinion practice covering south-western England and southern Wales, were evaluated. Details regarding the presence of equine periodontal …

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