Are dogs’ mouths clean?

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Are dogs’ mouths cleaner than a human’s?

NO, a dog’s mouth is not cleaner than that of a human being. I am not sure why this might be shocking to a lot of us because my pug. Bunk, for sure needs to be kept clean and is not clean just by choice!

Have you ever been told, “A dog’s mouth is nine times cleaner than a human’s”? The Huffington Post states that it is a common statement or wives’ tale that gets thrown around every now and then, mostly by one of the many dog lovers in their attempts to comfort friends that don’t enjoy having their faces licked.

In this article, we are going to try to answer the question: Are “dogs’ mouths clean?”

ABC News reports that there is a long-standing myth that a dog’s mouth is cleaner than the mouth of a human being. This rumor might have stemmed from the fact that dogs are often seen licking their wounds, which do not seem to get infected as easily as human wounds.

There are a couple of reasons, however, why we firmly believe that a dog’s mouth is not cleaner than that of a human. Veterinarians, such as Marty Becker, author of “Chicken Soup for the Dog Owner’s Soul,” seem to agree.

The difference between dogs and humans

First of all, as animals, human mouths rarely come into contact with external bacteria. Dogs’ mouths, in contrast, are rarely cleaned in most cases. When a human being meets another human being, we shake their hands. Dogs on the other hand, decide to kiss (or at least go extremely near) one another’s rear end. Dogs also have a tendency to sniff around and eat bacteria-filled waste — including rancid food and feces — whenever they are given the opportunity to do so. Additionally, it is not true that dogs can safely eat poop and garbage. Dogs can get very ill and ever die from eating the feces of other animals. Contrary to popular belief, dogs’ mouths are far dirtier than the mouths of the typical human being.

Second of all, most human beings are very socially and physically conscious. We care a lot about our bodies and have done a lot of research that shows what to do in order to make our body parts last the longest.

Most humans have a strong belief in good hygiene, and brush their teeth at least once or twice every day.

The reason that dogs’ mouths rarely infect the wounds that they lick is that their licking has the effect of clearing away the dead tissue.

“And they’ll be licking that wound and you’ll notice that the wound heals very fast … what that tongue does is it gets rid of the dead tissue,” said Becker.

This is similar to the work a surgeon would do to clean out a wound.

Pug at the vet

“Their saliva is much cleaner and if you have a cut or anything, if they lick it — it’s healing,” one woman told “20/20” while being interviewed in New York City.

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  1. Thanks for the info, Bunk!

    I actually am pretty excited to get my teeth brushed each night. The special dog toothpaste tastes really good and it’s pretty much like getting a treat. My dad said it’s difficult to brush a pug’s teeth because of our lack of snout which makes out teeth less accessible. I also give him a hard time sometimes and keep my mouth clamped shut. BOL!


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