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Vet Clin North Am Equine Pract. 2007 Aug;23(2):519-24.

Evidence-based equine dentistry: preventive medicine.

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  • 1Scone Veterinary Hospital, Scone, NSW, Australia. carmalt_vet@hotmail.com <carmalt_vet@hotmail.com>

Abstract

Dental problems are some of the most common reasons for a horse to be presented to an equine veterinarian. Despite the importance of anecdotal evidence as a starting point, the science of equine dentistry (especially prophylactic dentistry) has remained poorly supported by evidence-based approaches to diagnosis and treatment. In the 21st century, veterinarians have an ethical responsibility to promote and use the results of evidence-based research and not propagate statements attesting to the purported benefits of intervention without supporting research. Consider also that society is becoming more litigious and therefore is basing treatment plans and advice on published research, which protects the profession from legal challenges concerning our professional conduct. This article reviews the current published evidence concerning the role of equine dentistry in feed digestibility and performance.

PMID:
17616326
DOI:
10.1016/j.cveq.2007.03.002
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