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Motorised Dental Equipment Vs Hand Floats
Motorised dental equipment is the way the industry is going. All the top Veterinary Dental Specialists are using power tools routinely and to pass the exam you are required to predominantly use power tools but show a use of hand floats. This is because you do a much better job, are less likely to cut them and can much more efficiently reduce overgrowths. The kit has come on so much it is lightweight and diamond chip designed to cut through teeth but not soft tissue, there is still risk of grazing them but nowhere near as badly as if you do with a hand float. Heating up the teeth and taking too much off is possible with power tools but this is hard to do and very unlikely to happen if your dentist is suitably qualified to use it. Equine Dentists that have passed the BEVA/BVDA or Cat 2 WWAED exams and Veterinary surgeons are the only people aloud to use motorised dental equipment and therefore the only ones insured to use it, however I know of a few unqualified dentists that do use it illegally which is why it's so important to check your Equine Dentist is qualified and vet has had suitable training. Most horses surprisingly stand much better with the motorised equipment compared to the hand floats and sedation is rarely required.
What about Horses is the wild?
There is evidence from fossils that mankind has domesticated horses as far back as 4000BC, the fossils showing damage to the teeth of the horses by use of a bit, since then we have been selectively breeding horses for attractive traits such as speed or ability to jump. What we have not done however, is to selectively breed horses to have good dentition and so unlike the wild horse, there is no survival of the fittest. Horses that would not be able to survive in the wild are used to breed and so we have bred dental problems into the horse. For example Miniature Shetlands often have large teeth in a relatively small head, leading to overcrowding and subsequent displacement of teeth.
The closest thing we have to wild horses in this country are the moorland ponies and working throughout Devon and Cornwall, I see a large number of these, including ponies which have only recently left the moors. Nearly without fail, these ponies have at the very least sharp edges and often, much greater problems.
The domestic horse lives much longer than its wild ancestors and so its teeth must also last much longer. So in summary Wild horses do have dental problems.
I have always been lucky enough to have had horses, from a very young age. We spent most weekends at local shows with my first pony Mr Bumble. When I was a bit older my mum used to ship me off to Tamsyn Hutchins event yard for weekends at shows and summer holidays where I soon became part of the furniture. After leaving school all I knew was that I wanted horses to be part of my career in some way. Inevitability I went to work for Tamsyn where I worked my way up to head girl. It was a brilliant time of my life and I learnt valuable horse handling skills. I was lucky enough to groom at some amazing shows UK and abroad Burghley and Bramham to name a few. I also completed a level 3 in Equine Management during my time at Tamsyn's.
Just before leaving Tamsyns I met my Partner Lee Pritchard who some of you may be familiar with, as he is an equine veterinary surgeon with his own practice. I was unsure of where my career was heading and Lee pointed me in the direction of Equine Dentistry. Turned out I loved it and I haven't looked back since. I trained with Gill for over 4 years building up my portfolio and working towards the BEVA/BVDA exams. I am truly greatful for everything Gill has taught me and I couldn’t have asked for a better teacher.
In my spare time I enjoy eventing. I have been lucky enough to have had some lovely horses along the way that have taught me loads too. I currently have a 6 year old competing at BE100 and a 4year old that's just started going to some local shows, I have had them both since they where babies and its very rewarding to see them progressing.
Equine Dental Qualifications Explained
Despite how far the Equine Dentistry knowledge has come on in the past 10 years, there still appears to be some confusion to horse owners and professionals as to who can do what in a horse’s mouth and what the qualifications actually mean. There are still many ‘Equine Dentists’ that haven’t undertaken the necessary exams recognised in the UK, it’s important to make sure your EDT is suitably qualified before letting them treat your horse.
All diagnostic and treatment procedures in the horse’s mouth are Acts of Veterinary Surgery under the Veterinary Surgeons Act 1966. However it is acknowledged that there are some procedures, despite being considered Acts of Veterinary Surgery, that may be delegated safely to suitably qualified EDTs without compromising the horse’s welfare and safety. These EDT’s can undertake Category two procedures so long as they have passed a DEFRA approved exam. DEFRA approved two Governing groups BAEDT (BEVA/BVDA approved exam) and WWAED exam. The BEVA/BVDA exams are very prestigious and take years of training.
Here’s where the confusions lie’s, there is one exception which is that the manual removal of small dental overgrowths and sharp enamel points with hand instruments is a Category 1 Procedures and therefore is not an act of Veterinary Surgery. Therefore there are still unqualified EDT’s aloud to treat our horses because anyone can remove small dental overgrowths using hand instruments with minimal training. Anything else other than the removal of small dental overgrowths is an act of veterinary surgery and therefore must be undertaken by a qualified EDT or a Vet, if this is breached then insurance would be very questionable. The ‘American’ exam is not recognised as a suitable qualification in this country and they have very different views on dentistry to us.
BAEDT members are required to do regular CPD and have their work re accessed every two years to ensure they keep to a high standard.
In conclusion, only Equine Dental Technicians and suitably trained Veterinary Surgeons that have passed a DEFRA approved exam should be treating our horse’s teeth even if that means others can.
You can check your Equine Dental Technician has passed the appropriate exams by clicking the following links.
BAEDT (BEVA/BVDA approved) EDT’s- http://baedt.com/?c=5432
WWAED approved EDT’s- http://wwaed.org.uk/wwaed-category-2-list/
In 2009 the RCVS, with assistance from BEVA, BVDA and BAEDT, listed these processes and categorised all dental procedures into three groups, follow this link to see what the procedures are in more detail-