My Mickey (now negative) had all his teeth, which were rotten, extracted last 
year---he's still a chubby, feisty little feral. His behavior hasn't changed. 
My understanding is that after the first few days of recuperation cats 
generally adjust well.
There is always a degree of risk (as with humans) in the anesthesia required 
for dental. Four of mine have had dentals, some more than once; all came thru 
unscathed. My vet always calls immediately it's over to let me know all ok.
Also, see below, sent recently by former listmember Nina. 
Good luck to Bea!

>>>This is interesting. My sister just called to tell me she heard on the radio 
>>>about a study indicating that yogurt consumption aids in reducing gingivitis 
>>>and periodontal disease. I'm hoping it might make some difference in felv 
>>>kitties gingivitis, maybe even stomatitis. In any case it seems like 
>>>something that might be tried under the "It can't hurt" rule. I'm going to 
>>>start eating more yogurt just in case it may help my mouth. Could one of you 
>>>please pass this on to the list just in case?

I did a quick Goggle and came up first with this home remedy site:

"From Japan's Kyushu University comes a report of a new study published in this 
month's Journal of Periodontology 
that finds that eating yogurt may prevent gum disease.

The scientists learned that eating at least two ounces (56 g) of foods cultured 
with the friendly bacterium Lactobacillus 
significantly reduced the risk of severe gingivitis, that is, with pockets more 
than 2 mm (about 1/10 of an inch) deep in 
the gums. The benefits of Lactobacillus held even when the researchers 
accounted for differences in age, gender, 
frequency of tooth brushing, blood sugar levels, cholesterol levels, smoking, 
and alcohol consumption.

What the scientists did not find was a protective role for consumption of milk 
and cheese. These foods seem to feed the 
bacteria that attack the gums. Only yogurt and similar foods were helpful. It's 
well known that acidity produced by 
Lactobacilli kills E. coli, Campylobacter, and Salmonella."<<<<<

-----Original Message-----
From: [EMAIL PROTECTED] [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED] On Behalf Of Dawn Morrison
Sent: Friday, November 07, 2008 11:05 AM
Subject: [Felvtalk] Dental extraction - advice needed

I am posting this on a few groups - so I apologize for those who see this more 
than once. I just want to make sure I get as much advice as possible.

My FeLv+, Bea, has had recurring gingivitis since she adopted me a year ago. 
Her gums get red and swollen. We've tried numerous treatments 
(brushing,antibiotics,anti-virals,cleaning) but to no avail nothing is helping 
her. The anti-biotics worked but have since stopped (which has me worried on a 
whole other level).
Other than her gum issue she is a healthy 3 year old.

I took her to a dental specialist yesterday who said the best course of action 
at this point would be partial, possibly full extraction. He said it was 
stomatitis, but nothing like the pictures I've seen on it - beginning stages. I 
was wondering if anyone else has had either full or partial extraction done and 
could offer any suggestions/advice.
I know it's probably the right thing to do but I'm just wondering how others 
have adjusted to life with no or few teeth.  And if anyone has experienced any 
complications I should be made aware of.

Any feedback would be greatly appreciated. 

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