Horses can get periodontal disease (gum disease). This may occur for various reasons. Equine teeth are unique in that they continuously erupt into the mouth. For this reason equine teeth rarely build up enough plaque or calculus to cause periodontal issues.
However, most cases of periodontal problems in the equine mouth are due to food packing in areas between or among the teeth where it begins to decompose. This process is the primary event which triggers periodontal disease in the horse.
Periodontal disease is something that we look for and monitor during an oral exam. In cases where treatment is needed, we are capable of providing therapies to slow or stop the progression of this painful condition. If left untreated, periodontal disease can cause tooth loss.