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Oral gardnerella

11/14/2007

Question:

Is it possible to contract Gardnerella orally? If so, how would it be treated? My girlfriend was diagnosed with Gardnerella and was treated for it with a vaginal cream. She was tested for Trichomoniasis (which I understand has similar symptoms) and was negative. I occasionally get a very slight fishy smell from my throat, since I have engaged in oral sex with my girlfriend. What are some common treatments for oral Gardnerella? Thanks in advance.

Answer:

In doing a search of the medical literature, no publications were found regarding oral infection by Gardnerella species.  In most cases, organisms such as this occupy a very specific environmental niche in the human body, and they often cannot become established at other anatomic sites.

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Response by:

Carl M Allen, DDS, MSD Carl M Allen, DDS, MSD
Professor Emeritus of Oral Pathology
College of Dentistry
The Ohio State University