Mouth has the most germ!?

Yjgent yjgent at
Sat Apr 22 20:37:22 EST 2000

Once someone told me that mouth is the place where most germs reside, and I
just want to confirm with people here.
Is it true our mouth has the most germ than any other place of our human
body?  If yes, in what number do they exceed?

No place on or in the body can exceed the lower bowel for bacterial content.
Most of the "solid" mass of feces is bacteria - I've heard between 50 and 75%.
I don't think there is any way to quantitate the number of bacteria there are -
it is in the trillions and trillions. We have more bacterial cells on and in us
than we have human cells.
The mouth indeed has a lot of normal resident bacteria and so does the nose,
throat, all of the skin, vagina, ears, eyes and hair.
So what's the point? You keep the bacteria under control by keeping clean. You
should never try to eliminate the normal bacteria.
John Gentile M(ASCP)                   President - Rhode Island Apple Group
yjgent at
Microbiologists do it with culture.

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