• Natural Balance Dentistry

Frequently Asked Questions

What can I expect from your visit?

At a typical NBD session, I will start with evaluating the horse’s body, including a static assessment and during movement (only leading by hand, no ridden work).

The information I gather includes symmetries/asymmetries in the musculature (head and body), hoof wear pattern, behaviour, tightness over the poll, TMJ sensitivity and spacing, location of hyoid apparatus, movement of the jaw during chewing, etc. Then I proceed with addressing the incisors, checking for any restrictions to the anterior/ posterior movement as well as the lateral excursion of the jaw. The incisors are the point of beginning for any professionally trained Natural Balance Dentist as they support and guide the TMJ, which in turn influences a horse ́s proprioception. Incisors are usually neglected by traditional forms of dentistry.

After balancing the incisors I move onto the molars (cheek teeth), checking for quality of occlusal surface, inclination, restrictions and sharp enamel points possibly causing discomfort. The aim is to realign and optimise the bite plain and surface-to-surface contact for maximum proprioceptive and neural feedback via the TMJ to the motor and sensory department of the brain (cerebellum).

By putting the Natural Balance DentistryTM objectives into practice, you help your horse maintain natural dental balance, enhancing overall movement and performance and reducing tensions retained in the body.

But my horse has seen a dentist only a few months ago. Is it still worth your visit?
Yes absolutely and more importantly so!

Traditional forms of dentistry carried out by any other than a professionally trained Natural Balance Dentist, focus on pathology such as sharp points, which will typically reappear within 6 months to a year. To root cause of the problem, very often an out of alignment TMJ, is not addressed. Furthermore, horses that have been power floated, can suffer from tension and tightness in their head and poll due to increased changes in their masticatory patterns.

Natural Balance DentistryTM will help your horse find, restore and sustain correct anatomical alignment and stability of the incisors, molars and the temporomandibular joint (TMJ). Through balance of the teeth and the TMJ, your horse can benefit from optimal neuromuscular, proprioceptive and bio-mechanical performance of the jaw, head, neck and body!
How long do you normally take to work on one horse?
A normal treatment session lasts about 1h - 1.5hrs per horse
Will I need sedation? And if so, what kind?
Please contact your vet for a prescription of a tube of Domosedan Gel 7.5mg/3ml.

This is an easy to use oromucosal gel for the reliable mild sedation of horses to facilitate non-invasive, minor husbandry procedures, e.g. clipping, shoeing.

I like to work with it, as it provides me with a calm and relaxed horse in a safe environment, so that I am able to balance his mouth in the most precise manner.

It is especially beneficial for a horse that has already had previous negative learning experiences with regards to dentistry procedures, and it ́s a protocol for both of us to be safe and be able to carry out the work.

Once a horse has had NBD, once or twice, they learn and remember what the dental procedure is all about and usually don’t need sedation after that, as the training protocol together with positive association has been established.
Do I need to sedate before your arrival?
No, that is not necessary. I will be assessing the horses movements prior to treatment and only after obtaining all the necessary details, will I decide together with you whether it is more beneficial for the horse to be sedated and also safer for me to work.
What facilities do I need to provide in order for you to be able to work?
I work where the horse is comfortable and protected from the elements, if needs be. So that can be in a stall, a field shelter or outside in the paddock with his friends around. This sets them up for a relaxed behaviour at the beginning of our session.

I wont need any electrical supply, as all instruments are ergonomically designed hand instruments to carry out very precise adjustments.

Should the appointment be late in the day and therefore dark to work in, I will require good lighting.
What protocol should I follow after your visit?
I generally advise to allow the horse to rest for at least 72hrs after treatment; ideally a small turn out with shelter, unlimited access to hay or forage and fresh, clean water. This will help the horse to experience the newly found freedom in its jaw, head, neck and body.
I have a question following treatment. Can I contact you?
Absolutely! And I love to hear from you in any case! My contact details are as follows: Phone: +351 915342424 / email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. / WhatsApp and Messenger


Sylvia Read
Quinta do Poço Velho
Taipas T253
8365-083 Algoz - Portugal This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Mobile: +351 915 342424

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