Picture it. You’re meeting up with a friend or maybe a hot blind date for a night on the town. As they walk up you begin to fill with excitement, but that excitement quickly turns to dread as you smell the rankness that escapes their mouths when they start to speak. Whether you’ve been the person on the receiving end of the funk or have dished out a little yourself after a yummy garlic dish, you know that having funky breath is definitely not pleasant. So how do you tell someone that their breath is a bit on the tart side? That’s where we come in. Here are three ways to politely tell that certain someone that their breath is not what’s up.
Pop Some Gum
This is the easiest way to tell someone their breath is tart without actually having to tell them. After the initial blast of un-fresh air play it cool for a few minutes before pulling out some gum and offering the offender a piece for themselves. Is the culprit turning down your gesture? Turn on the charm and try to convince them they should try the yummy flavor.
Have A Toast
Maybe the person you’re with doesn’t have a sweet tooth so the gum didn’t go over so well, but few people will pass up a cocktail. Convince your company to order something strong or sweet to drink and hopefully it will mask the smell long enough for you to get through the outing. But if that doesn’t work…
Notice I said honest, not rude! Playfully ask them what they had to eat before your meeting and let them know that you can still smell the dish on their breath. Offer them the gum or a piece of candy and then quickly change the topic to avoid and alleviate some of the awkward tension. Friends don’t let friends have bad breath so sometimes honesty is the way to go.
What are some of the ways you’ve had to tell someone about their hot breath?