When it comes to your pets, you always want the best for them. Some diseases, dental or otherwise, happen unexpectedly or without reason. But some other health problems can be prevented or stopped before they progress into more serious problems. 

This is true for some common dental problems. That’s why it’s so important to make sure you’re brushing your pet’s teeth and watching for any signs of disease, inflammation, or pain. 

If your pet is showing symptoms of a dental problem, or experiencing another type of emergency, visit Steel City Emergency Vets. We offer emergency vet clinic services for any problem your pet might have. Contact us for more information!  

Your Pet and Their Teeth

Just like you brush (or should brush) your teeth twice a day, your pet also needs regular care to keep their teeth healthy. In general, it is suggested that you regularly brush your pet’s teeth at least three times a week but daily, if possible. 

When you take your pet to their yearly veterinarian exam, make sure they’re having the health of their teeth evaluated as well. Beyond that, if your pet is prone to dental problems, there are dental diets, treats, chews, and washes that can be used to give them the extra care they need for their teeth. 

If your pet’s teeth are not kept clean, they are at risk for different dental problems. 

Canine or Feline Dental Disease

Dental disease is something that both dogs and cats can get. Some common symptoms of dental disease include bad breath, personality changes from pain, sensitivity to touch around the mouth, or difficulty eating. 

If left untreated, dental disease can cause other problems, including: 

  • Tooth and bone loss
  • Gum disease
  • Liver disease
  • Heart disease
  • Kidney disease

But how can you reduce your pet’s risk of dental disease? Start with brushing their teeth daily. This will help remove extra food particles and bacteria from their mouths. Beyond that, you can give them treats and toys that are meant to help clean their teeth. 


Gingivitis is when the gums around your pet’s teeth become red and irritated. The inflammation is usually caused by a buildup of plaque that is not being removed regularly, either through brushing or a dental cleaning. As soon as you notice symptoms of gingivitis, take your pet to their vet to have that buildup removed. 


This dental problem happens when gingivitis is left untreated. In periodontitis, the tissues that attach the tooth to the bone and underlying gums have weakened. In order to help treat this problem, a veterinarian will have to remove the plaque buildup and, when necessary, remove any teeth that have been damaged beyond repair. 

Tooth Resorption

This happens when the the structure of the tooth breaks down, starting from inside the tooth and progressing outside. In fact, tooth resorption is one of the most common causes of tooth loss in dogs and cats. In order to treat this condition, a veterinarian will help your pet manage the pain along with removing the tooth if the pain is too great or the damage to that tooth is significant. 

Emergency Vet Clinic Services

Whether your pet is having teeth problems or experiencing a different emergency, Steel City Emergency Vets in Birmingham is here to help you. Contact us for more information about our vet clinic services.