Most people will avoid telling someone that they have bad breath. They are afraid that it will lead to an awkward situation which may become uncomfortable and even embarrassing. So they act cautiously by keeping silent and avoiding the situation.
However, etiquette experts say that this is the wrong move. While alerting someone to their bad breath may lead to a few moments of awkwardness, it may help them realize that they have a problem that can be solved relatively easily.
"Most people feel awkward. And in awkward situations, people do nothing - err on the side of inaction," Kim Izzo, author of several books on etiquette, told the Leader Post. "Of course there's going to be an embarrassing moment. But at least you've been the one to solve it."
She added that staying positive may help the person be more receptive to your advice and that, in the end, they will likely be grateful that you alerted them to the problem.
Suggesting helpful tips like using TheraBreath's line of specialty breath freshening products may help you seem more constructive and less critical.