Neuromuscular Horse Dentistry

As a Neuromuscular Horse Dentist (NHD) I pay attention to the anatomical and functional shape and occlusion of the teeth by adjusting the enamel folds. This helps balance and stabilize their Temporal Mandibular Joint (TMJ/Jaw Joint) which further helps in the lateral translation (left/right movement) and anterior/posterior movement (front/backward movement) of the jaw. The goal is to achieve optimal neurology, proprioception and physical performance.

As an NHD, I strive for the natural, functional and anatomical responsible movements of the teeth by first adjusting the incisors in order to regenerate the inclination of the molars. By only adjusting the enamel folds we can maintain the texture of the teeth. In this way, it does not take away the function of the teeth and vibrations remain present during chewing to ensure that the teeth continue to grow healthy.

The ultimate goal is to balance the teeth which will further affect their TMJ, cranial bones, nerves, meridians, blood vessels, glands, … This also has a positive effect on the rest of the body.

When looking at and adjusting the teeth, I strive for a complete surface to surface contact, without any limitation of movements of their jaw joint.

Indications that your horse has an imbalance in his teeth:

  • Making dolls
  • Poor back line (slumped back)
  • Cannot stand square
  • Weak hindquartersDifficulty turning in one direction
  • Not flexible
  • Odd muscle mass
  • Osteo/physio or other therapies that do not persist for long periods of time
  • Rigidity
  • Recurring irregularity/mankind
  • Deaf/yellow coat
  • Scared/spooky
  • Headshy
  • drags feet
  • Excessive tripping
  • Teeth grinding
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