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Should you kiss your dog?

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(KATV) People love their pets, but some forms of affection can be downright bad for both you and your furry friend.

According to a report in the Archives of Oral Biology, you may want to think twice next time before giving your pooch a smooch. With that innocent little peck, master and pet can exchange harmful mouth bacteria and that can result in gum disease and tooth decay for both.

Last year, researchers took a look at dog owners in Japan and assessed the prevalence of ten human periodontitis related bacteria in their pets. Periodontitis is a severe form of gum disease that affects the tissues that support teeth and hold them in place. Most dogs suffer from periodontitis, though only about 5 per cent will ever develop a cavity.

They also analyzed an oral microbe normally found in dogs, but not humans and discovered it in 16 percent of owners.

With all that said, risk of cross-contamination heavily depends on the teeth cleaning habits of you and your pet.