Couples Kissing for Just 10 Seconds Share Something Pretty Horrifying

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Couples opting for a quick peck rather than a deep, lingering kiss may be missing out on more than just a little extra passion. According to the Netherlands Organization for Applied Scientific Research, during a 10-second smooch, approximately 80 million bacteria are transferred from mouth to mouth. But before you scream, "Ewww! Gross!" check out why all those germs might actually be good for you!

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Apparently we're swapping a lot more than just spit, explains Remco Kort, lead author of the study published in Microbiome:

Kissing is an example of an exposure to a very large amount of bacteria. 

We wanted to find out the extent to which partners share their oral microbiota, and it turns out, the more a couple kiss, the more similar they are.

Researchers, who assessed 21 kissing couples, found that when couples kiss intimately and at high frequencies, their "salivary microbiota" become similar. Because bacteria is vital to many of the body's functions as well as preventing diseases, exposure can help build up immunity

While this is good news, married couples may have to make some adjustments to get the full benefit. According to the British Heart Foundation, nearly one in five married people don’t pucker up with their partner for an entire week! Further, two in five married people kiss for just five seconds or less when they do get around to kissing. Uh-oh! 

As if you didn't already know what you're missing, perhaps this new study will take you back to those steamy, make-out sessions of early courtship!

Does this new information make you want to make out with your partner? 

 

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