We've all been there: You're in the middle of a conversation with a close friend or loved one when all of a sudden you get punched by a whiff of his or her bad breath. It completely distracts you from the discussion, and you don't know how to react. Should you say something? Should you pretend like you don't smell anything? In the back of your mind, you know you have to break the bad news. Halitosis is an embarrassing problem to have, and since most people can't smell their own breath, you need to tread lightly. Here's some guidance on how to mitigate the problem:
1. Always offer your loved one a piece of gum
Whether you're out and about or hanging out at the house, reach for a piece of gum and offer some to your loved one. This is an easy way to reduce bad breath without offending your friend and hinting at an issue.
2. Be direct in a private conversation
Start by sitting down in a private setting, whether that's alone in the park, at home or at a coffee shop. When you're ready to set things straight, remember to be direct, but polite. Tell your loved one that there's a problem you want to share with him or her, and that you would want to be told if the roles were reversed. Perhaps he or she had no idea!
3. Beat around the bush by pretending you have bad breath
This is a simple way to ensure you're not offending your loved one. Talk to him or her about how you've recently noticed how bad your breath smells, and that you're looking for ways to mitigate the problem and prevent it from happening in the future. As the conversation surrounds breath, your loved one will start to wonder about his or her own. Then, bring they might bring their own issue to your attention as well. This is when you can brainstorm about tips and tricks for eliminating halitosis together!
4. Let us do it for you!
Sometimes, working up the courage to spill the beans about bad breath can be difficult. You don't want to hurt anyone's feelings, but you don't want your loved one to continue walking around bad breath that ultimately gives him or her a bad reputation. So why not let TheraBreath break the news instead?
We'll send your loved one a very polite, explanatory email about their bad breath, and how they can tackle the problem and eliminate halitosis for good. The best part? It's totally anonymous and absolutely free! Your loved one will never know it's coming from you. In the letter, we'll offer an online evaluation and give customized tips and recommendations to solve their bad breath issues. You can also send a virtual breath mint!
Don't let the idea of sharing the news stress you out. Let TheraBreath take the heat for you.