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People who love to kiss their dogs may find themselves experiencing poor dental health. According to a recent study published in the Archives of Oral Biology, when owners smooch their pets, germs that cause gum disease and tooth decay in both animals and humans are passed in between their mouths.
The Wall Street Journal reported on the findings, which found that certain types of oral bacteria that lead to tooth decay were more common in individuals and dogs who have a high-contact relationship. Considering the high prevalence of tooth decay among American adults, and the fact that 50 to 70 percent of dogs get tooth decay, these results should encourage people to avoid mouth-to-mouth contact with their pets.
There are many ways for people to care for their dog's teeth. Many treats are available at the pet store that can help increase a dog's oral health. However, owners should also brush their dog's teeth. WebMD recommends that people purchase a toothbrush specifically for their dog, and kneel in front of them in a non-threatening position. Then, brush the dog's teeth in circular motion, focusing on visible plaque.
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