LITITZ, Pa. — Good news, a new study reveals that it’s safer to kiss your dog than your significant other. The study shows that a human’s mouth contains more germs than a dog’s mouth so you might want to think twice about who you’re going to kiss more often. The study conducted by Havahart Wireless indicates that a human mouth has 1.4 times more bacteria than a dog’s mouth. This data translates to roughly 2 million more germs more in a human mouth.
The company performed some tests, which highlighted that while a dog has 5.5 million bacteria in its mouth, a human mouth has 7.5 million. That’s right, a human’s pucker has 2 million more bacteria than a dog. However, the study also identified that other things belonging to dogs have more germs than everyday items used by humans.
When comparing a dog’s food bowl to a fork, the dog bowl has 2.1 times more bacteria. Also, a dog’s toy has 2.2 times more bacteria than a cell phone. So while you may consider letting the dog get the best snuggle spot in the bed moving forward, I would still stick to eating with a fork and playing with your cell phone over a dog toy.