Here is an interesting article on periodontal pathogens in dogs and their owners. It won't change my interaction with my dog but it is an interesting read. MJ
Dog owners and their pets may exchange harmful mouth bacteria that can
cause gum disease and tooth decay in both humans and canines, according
to a report in Archives of Oral Biology. Previous research has shown
people can transmit oral bacteria to children through close daily
contact. But few studies have looked at the bacteria exchanged between
people and their pets.
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