What’s in a French kiss? 80 million bacteria

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

DELFT, The Netherlands - Love feels good; but it's not an easy track for squeamish people.  Dutch researchers say that a 10-second French kiss can transfer as many as 80 million bacteria between partners.   And if true love lasts forever, then do the math.

You see?  Not all that glitters is gold.  Although, to be fair, most of these are not the kinds of bacteria that make you sick.  In fact, microbiologists at TNO, an independent research center in The Netherlands, suggest that these micro-creatures just hang in the mouth, occupying space and preventing other pathogens from entering the organism.

Researchers, also, found that when couples French-kiss at least nine times per day, their salivary microbiota become similar.  Anyway, a good old French kiss is one of the things that set us apart from the rest of the animal kingdom.  So, you may roar like a tiger or a tigress, but in the end, it looks like the oral exchange of bacteria is pretty human.