This article, the final one in a series of four to review recent developments in equine dentistry, describes the equipment and routine techniques required for the maintenance of oral health in horses, with the aim of preserving normal masticatory function, and provides an approach to the treatment of dental lesions and periodontal disease. Part 1, published in the January issue of In Practice (volume 34, pages 2–10), described the procedure for a routine dental examination in horses, while Part 2, published in the February issue (volume 34, pages 78–89), highlighted the common dental and oral lesions that may be seen in this species. Part 3, published in the March issue (volume 34, pages 114–127), described the use of imaging to aid the diagnosis of such lesions.
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Useful contacts ■ British Equine Veterinary Association. www.beva.org.uk
■ Dr Fritz Endoscopy. www.dr-fritz.com
■ Equine Blades Direct. www.equinebladesdirect.com
■ Kruuse UK. www.kruuse.com
■ Instrumentation Concept. www.instconcept.co.uk
■ Veterinary Dental Products (Europe). www.vdpeurope.com
■ Surgical Holdings. www.surgicalholdings.co.uk
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