How NOT to handle bad breath

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We’ve all been there. You across the corner to your cubical prepared to start the day’s work while you are suddenly accosted by the familiar stench of a co-worker’s bad breath.

“Here we go again…”, you think. “Another ‘H’-filled tirade that will not ever permeate my ears because I’m too busy trying to keep it from permeating my nose.”


“So anywahhhhy,” continues your co-worker, “Hhhhank Hhhhenshhhhaaw from Hhhhuman Reshhhhourcess explained ouhhhhhr 401k plahhhhn is an outstahhhhnding invehhhhhstment optiohhhhhn…”

Somehow, we’d like to believe that our forced smile and wilting eyelashes might tell the offending party that there surely is something less than stellar about the way they are sounding. Unfortunately, that’s simply wishful thinking. The thing is that no one knows they have a problem. We appear to be immune to our own stench, and unlike Willy Nelson’s muse, it’s never on our minds.

So how do you tell someone that their breathe is making you are having issues differentiating their head from their derriere? Sure, if it’s someone you know and are comfortable with, you can try honesty. Still, even honesty has it’s own group of problems. Do you play it off like it is a one-time occurrence you just noticed and hope that mentioning it requires care of the situation for good? Can you sit them down and also have a serious discussion which could ultimately embarrass them or make you appear to be the bad person? How will they react to either scenario? You’d desire to be told in the event that you had bad breath, wouldn’t you? Would you feel comfortable being told by this person that you have bad breath? You don’t know them sufficiently to be discussing this example with them?

These are all important questions whose answers will vary with each unique situation. Still, there are a few things you can avoid saying which are universal across all situations. I have taken the liberty of listing those hateful pounds below. Remember, honesty is the greatest policy, but brutal honesty is frequently unnecessary.

# 1 Gee, is that your breath or did I blow my nose immediately after wiping my ass?

# 2 And now here’s me with the elements: Thanks, me! Well http://mioidama.cloud-line.com/blog/ appears like there is a stank front moving due east from wherever your mouth happens to be. We’re considering a 100% potential for Halitosis throughout the rest you will ever have. Sports is next accompanied by today�s lottery numbers. KEEP TUNED IN!

# 3 I don’t mean to be rude however your horrible breath is melting my face. To have to stand here and listen to you is agonizingly painful. Hey, you ever note that “Alien” movie where the alien is breathing in Sigourney Weaver’s face and she just cringes as the thing is so scary and because it’s saliva can be an acid that may eat through metal? This is the lot like that because even though your saliva won’t eat through metal, I’m fairly certain your mouth-stench will which is scaring the crap outta me, my pal. Again, I don’t mean to be rude…

This is why, dear reader, one must choose carefully when approaching a subject this sensitive. Perhaps honesty isn’t always the best policy. Better yet, you will want to just leave an anonymous note…and a breath mint.

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