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DEFINITION - Gum disease around tooth causing an area for feed to pocket.
Causes - Results from malocclsion, fracture or misalignment of teeth. Progresses as horse is unable to chew correctly.
RESULTING PROBLEMS - Gum disease leads to bone erosion around teeth and eventually can lead to facial swelling, adscessing, infection and loss of tooth.
SOLUTION - Correct malocclusions as early as possible. It is very difficult to stop progression of periodontal disease if it is not stopped early on. Prevention and regular dental equilibration is the best course of action.