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Is a dog's mouth and tongue cleaner than a human's mouth?


I always hear that a dog's mouth is cleaner than a human's mouth. I don't believe it. What is the truth?

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THEIR MOUTH IS CLEANER THAN A HUMANS!!! SO THEY LICK THEIR BUTTS & OTHER THINGS TOO, BUTT THEY HAVE ANTIBIOTICS IN THEIR MOUTH TO KILL THE GERMS!!! THEY CAN HEAL ANY SOAR, YOU HAVE ON YOURSELF!!! DO YOU THINK A RESPONSIBLE OWNER IS GOING TO LET THEIR DOG EVEN MESS WITH RAW MEAT, TRASH, OR EAT A SQUIRREL!!! OF COURSE NOT, CAUSE THEY KNOW IT'S BACTERIA, THAT CAN EVEN HARM THEIR PET!!! OF COURSE THEY'LL TAKE THEIR PET TO THE VET TO HAVE UPDATED VACCINES, DENTAL CLEANING, & SO ON!!! ALSO A RESPONSIBLE OWNER DOESN'T LET THEIR PET BITE ANYONE!!! PLAIN & SIMPLE!!!

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Dog-lovers who like to kiss their dogs and otherwise allow their dogs to lick them have always defended themselves by saying a dogís mouth is cleaner than a humanís mouth. This is a long-standing myth that was propagated by a faulty study several decades ago. The study claimed that human bites have a higher rate of infection in other humans than do dog bites. In 1988, the faults in the study were pointed out by a series of counter-studies. The original study was lambasted for not using human bites at all. They used closed-fist injuries to the hand by tooth or jaw. In laymanís terms, they used people who had cuts on their hands from punching someone in the face. It was also found that most of the human ďbiteĒ injuries were not reported right away and had developed infections from other sources.

In the case of dog vs. human bites, common sense plays out. Dogs use their tongues as both a wash cloth and toilet paper. They purposefully take their bodyís dirt into their mouths. Dogs are also known for eating a variety of disgusting things, including feces, be it their own or from another animal. Modern science concludes that a dogís mouth is probably dirtier than a humanís mouth, but in the case of harmful bacteria, the argument is relative. Even if dogs have more bacteria in their mouths, those bacteria do not affect dogs and humans the same way. The majority of harmful bacteria are species specific. This means that most of the bacteria that infects a dog will only infect a dog and vice-versa, most harmful bacteria carried by humans is only harmful to humans. You have a much higher chance of getting sick by kissing another person than you do by kissing your dog simply because a lot of the bacteria in a dogís mouth donít affect us. It doesnít mean they arenít there; it just means they ignore us. In the case of bites, a dog can carry some extremely harmful bacteria and viruses that affect us both, such as those causing tetanus and rabies. Always clean dog bites right away and have them professionally treated.


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