Woodland Animal Hospital

600 Eastland Drive
Jefferson City, MO 65101




One of the best methods of prevention of dental disease is frequent dental cleaning, which involves removal of plaque and tartar buildup, just like in people.  This is accomplished by cleaning the teeth with an ultrasonic scalar, followed by polishing, while under general anesthesia.  Pets must be under general anesthesia for this procedure, as attempting to scale tartar while the pet is awake is uncomfortable for the pet, may cause damage to the gums or tooth enamel and makes needed treatment or extraction of diseased teeth impossible. 

Full-mouth digital dental radiography during all of our dental cleanings is standard. Sixty percent of the tooth is below the gum line and is thus "hidden" - this is where dental x-rays come in. Many of these hidden problems are painful, so diagnosis and treatment are provided efficiently. If loose, discolored, broken or otherwise diseased teeth are noted during the dental procedure, they can be surgically removed.

CR Dental X-ray Processor at Woodland Animal Hospital in Jefferson City, Missouri



All patients undergoing general anesthesia are carefully monitored during their procedure (blood pressure, heart rate, respiratory rate,O2 saturation, end tidal CO2, ECG, body temperature).  

As with other surgeries, an intravenous catheter is placed in the patient to deliver fluids, pain medications and drugs necessary should any abnormality be detected.

Tonya cleaning a dog's teeth while Deanna monitors at Woodland Animal Hospital in Jefferson City, MIssouri

Tonya, RVT polishing a dog's teeth at Woodland Animal Hospital in Jefferson City, Missouri


We take pain management very seriously with our patients. During the procedure, we utilize local blocks to numb the area so that the patient is comfortable post-operatively. We will use IV pain medication to ensure they remain comfortable when they go home. We will also send home oral pain medication to be given at home when needed. Dr. Roller using a local block for pain management at Woodland Animal Hospital in Jefferson City Missouri




Dog's mouth with Dental tartar

Dog's mouth after a Dental Cleaning at Woodland Animal Hospital in Jefferson City, Missouri

Methods of dental tartar prevention at home

Brush your pets teeth daily with a pet-approved toothpaste and brush

Give pets treats for dental health, such as C.E.T. HEXtra Dental Chews

Give pets toys designed for dental health, such as the KONG Dental Stix

Dental X-ray at Woodland Animal Hospital in Jefferson City, Missouri

severe horizontal bone loss around roots 

Dental X-ray at Woodland Animal Hospital in Jefferson City, Missouri

Premolar with two fractured roots below the gum line 

Dental X-ray at Woodland Animal Hospital in Jefferson City, Missouri

Healthy mouth, for comparison 

February is Dental Health Month

Malodorous breath, loss of gum tissue, and loose teeth are a direct result of plaque and tartar buildup.  Infectious oral diseases affecting the gums and root canals create systemic bacteremia (bacteria in the blood stream, which can infect other parts of the body). Dental disease, if left untreated, can also lead to other serious health complications including infections in the heart, kidney disease, liver disease, nasal infections, osteomyelitis (bone infection),increased risk of oral cancer, and jaw fracture from loss of bone. Oral diseases are known as “the silent killer.”

If you have noticed tartar build up, a foul odor, or your pet having trouble eating, schedule a dental with us today! We also offer a special in the month of February and you can call 1-573-636-8322 to find out details.