“Floating” is a masonry term that means to “smooth out,” as in smoothing the sharp enamel points on the outside of the upper cheek teeth and the inside of the lowers. There is, however, much more to routine dentistry than removing enamel points.
The competent equine dental practitioner performs a thorough examination and uses the examination ﬁndings to develop a treatment plan. The plan includes addressing malocclusions and other dental pathology, removing sharp enamel points, placing bit seats, bufﬁng canine teeth, and aligning the incisors, if necessary. A dental chart is completed documenting the examination ﬁndings, the procedures performed, and future recommendations. A copy is given to the owner.
More appropriate terminology for complete and proper dentistry, rather than “ﬂoating,” may be the comprehensive ﬂoat, occlusal equilibration, balancing the mouth, performance ﬂoat, or odontoplasty. Regardless of the name you prefer, the comprehensive ﬂoat goes way beyond a traditional “ﬂoat.”