How Much Bacteria in a Kiss
A team of Dutch researchers shared their findings about kissing in the journal of Microbiome. Forty two volunteers allowed the researchers to wipe their tongues with a cotton swab and gather saliva several times a day. They asked them all kinds of questions about their kissing habits, and they found that the bacteria on the tongue of each member of the kissing couples was very similar to their partner’s and nothing like the bacteria on a stranger’s tongue. The more they kissed, the more similar it became.
a single kiss can deposit 80,000,000
They also did another test, and gave each participant a probiotic yogurt drink with a marker bacteria. The researchers first swabbed their tongues and then asked them to kiss their partners. What they found – a single kiss that lasts 10 seconds can deposit 80,000,000 of these special marker bacteria from one tongue to another. Oh my, I love this. It’s an ingenious plan and I have always thought we should all be kissing the ones we love more. Goodness gracious! Just think of the people I could help if kissing was considered an acceptable way of greeting people. I could spread good bacteria everywhere! I’m not sure my husband would be okay with this, so instead I’ll just shake your hand and give you a big hug. You’ll get some that way, too! 😉
you’re never alone
I hope you’ll never kiss someone again without thinking of the microbes that go with you everywhere. You’re never alone . . . you always have company, but just what are you feeding these little minions? No worries, I can fix you up, see below.
Kiss someone, 💋 and give them some culture!