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When surveying the literature of the last 70 years, a long existing deplorable state of equine dental care is revealed, mirroring the slow development of equine dental medicine. For this study the individual teeth of 108 warm-blooded horses of both sexes with an avarage age of 9.8 years were examined. VIOLA IITM Dental, an intraoral camera designed for human medicine, was available for the specific examination of individual teeth. Simple modifications made it fit for employment in equine medicine. It proved to be a most practicable and useful supplement to the veterinary clinic. No objection could be raised to employing it in the field resp. the veterinary practice. The results of erwin BECKER's pioneering works and developments in the first half of the past century, at that time terminating veterinary dormancy in the field of equine dental medicine, unfortunately remained comprehensible an proved true even today. The examined cheek teeth were classified by their phases of growth (progressive growth, regressive growth, phase of senile smoothing and excavation and evaluated with regard to the presence of sharp enamel points. Almost 90 % of all teeth were afflicted with more or less distinct enamel points. So after 70 years had gone by, it again had to be establised that despite the simple method of examining and treating horses cheek teeth, the condition of the ones exanimed regarding the omnipresence of enamel points could only be called dramatic.