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People and dogs share dental germs (via Wall Street Journal)

According to a study in Japan, people and their pets may share harmful mouth bacteria.  The researchers found 10 bacteria common to human oral plaques were present in dogs, while a bacteria species generally found in the canine mouths was present in some dog owners. The sharing of bacteria was greater in cases where contact between humans and dogs was high, but even low-contact relationships resulted in transmission of bacteria between species.


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