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Is bad breath keeping you from an office romance?

02 September 2015, 09:03Reader's response

My friend at work has really bad breath and everybody in the office wants to tell him but doesn’t want to embarrass him.

So I took the liberty of talking to him.

I sat him down one Friday afternoon after everybody else had left. I asked him what he thinks about the people in office and how he interacts with them.

He replied that whenever he needs advice, the ladies in the office suggests that he to emails them.

This surprised him because all the women suggested the same thing and he couldn’t understand why.

I assured him of my sincerity as a friend and in my wanting to help him. 

I then explained to him the reason why the ladies in the office suggested emailing them for any kind of advice: He has bad breath.

At first, this stunned him because according to him, he brushes his teeth in the mornings, afternoons and evenings and even gargles with Listerine mouthwash after every meal.

Eureka! I now felt like a dental surgeon. We often believe that after using mouth wash our breath smells like fresh but products, such as Listerine, dries up the mouth.

I suggested that he use a mouth wash that does not contain any alcohol and voila! He is now dating a lady at the office that used to complain about his bad breath.

I would tell someone they have bad breath without offending them by offering them an Airlift product, adding that it will improve their chances of attracting members of the opposite sex.

I would also suggest that they brush their teeth with an electric toothbrush and to be careful of certain foods, like garlic, because it can cause them to have -and jokingly say- a 'buzzard breath of death'.
- Chidinma

I will put a piece of gum in my mouth and offer him/her a piece.

There was a man who used to suffer from this issue and everyone was too afraid to confront him about it.
We first decided to send a group email about dental hygiene so that it didn’t seem like we were just targeting him. But that didn’t seem to work. I doubt he even read the email.

Our second attempt was to offer him a piece of gum or mint before each office meeting. But this didn’t work either because it would last for just the meeting. Thereafter,  it was back to square one.

Eventually, what did work was to leave a little box of either gum, or mints on his desk. It was addressed to him, but “from the people who care about you.” We sent this every day for a week before he called a meeting with all those he suspected. And I was one of them.

He told us that he was aware of his problem, but didn’t realise that it affected everyone around him.

He then thanked each one of us who contributed toward letting him know in such a discreet manner that didn’t tarnish his relationship. He then took extra measures to ensure that his problem cleared up.

I would frequently offer the person a palatable, strong mint to subtly drop a hint.

In a gentle tone of voice, I’d tell them:
"I'm sorry to have to inform you,but you have a problem with bad breath.
I used to have the same problem and everyone has this problem at one time or another. My problem stopped when I started using Airlift. It’s a phenomenal product and maybe you could try it too."

I found these awesome airlift products on special. I bought extra but now I have too much.  Here, you can have half of my supply.

I once asked to someone I knew, “Did you run out of toothpaste?” He laughed and said, “I haven’t brushed my teeth.”

I would suggest that we both buy one of the air lift products just to keep our breath fresh on daily basis, so that he or she can’t feel offended.

I would ask the person with bad breath whether he is on antibiotics, then when he asks why I am asking, I will say that antibiotics can change the smell of your breath!

I would ask the person if he or she heard about a product called Air Lift and if they say no I would go on by explaining and telling them about this remarkable product.

I will offer them a peppermint and say something like, "My mouth is always dry.  The peppermints help." maybe they will accept the mint and problem solved without their feelings being hurt.

- Women24


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