Study: Close contact with your dog could mean dental issues down the road

Kiss your dog, develop dental problems

For many, their dogs are like their kids.  They shower them with love and affection, including kisses on the snout.  But an innocent peck could mean dental problems for you and your furry friend.

According to a recent study from The Archive of Oral Biology, you should never kiss your dog.  The reason is that people and pets can exchange harmful mouth bacteria. 

Most dogs suffer from periodontitis, an inflammatory disease of the mouth tissue.  Researchers looked at dog owners in Japan and examined the oral health of both human and dog.  They found ten human periodontitis-related bacteria in their pets.  They also discovered bacteria normally found in dogs in humans.

Not surprising, the bacteria found in both master and pet were in those who had close contact relationships with their dogs.

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