“Hypercementosis” describes in a simplified form an inflammation of the periodontium and the gums, which has a dissolution of the dental hard tissue and finally a loosening of the teeth. The exact cause of the disease is not known, as it usually occurs in older horses, suspected an increased burden of the incisors as well as systemic diseases such as cushing or calcium deficiency as a trigger.
So far, no targeted therapy is available so that the tartar is usually removed regularly and treated with flushing, until, as the disease progresses, often only the extraction of affected incisors provides pain relief.
Since there are no specific symptoms, the problem is easily overlooked by attentive horse owners. The first sign may be an unpleasant odor from the mouth, some horses also avoid the intake of cold water or can bite solid feed only badly.
During the dental check an increased formation of tartar is noticed and the gums are reddish and go back. Since there is also sensitivity to pain in the mouth, it is difficult to put on the snaffle on the mouth or they are impaired when riding. By "cold plasma" the clinical symptoms in the EOTRH (hypercementosis) can be improved, clinical tests are carried out with the aim of alleviating the disease process.
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