Think halitosis isn't a deal-breaker when it comes to being in a long-term relationship? Many an advice column has printed letters from readers desperate to do something about their partner's bad breath, or to do away with the partner altogether.
A letter to the St. Louis American titled "I'm Dumping My Boyfriend Because..." addressed this very issue recently. Reader "Susan" asked columnist Gwendolyn Baines what to do about her boyfriend's halitosis.
Susan said that she loves her partner and has even gotten a proposal from him - which she never expected, since she is 78, he is 86 and they both live in an assisted care facility. Still, she said, she is having trouble dealing with his chronic halitosis. The columnist sagely recommends that she tell the resident doctor about it.
However, sometimes nonplussed partners don't have a doctor to go to. In a similar letter, written to Glamour Magazine, a reader describes the horrors of kissing a boyfriend that loves onions and garlic-smothered shrimp.
Rather than change their eating habits, these odiferous other halves might do well to rinse with a specialty breath freshener, followed by an oral care probiotic product, like the AKTIV K-12 Probiotics Kit.
Paying extra attention to your breath can pay off in the long run.