The Do's and Don'ts of Addressing Bad Breath with a Loved One
We all want to help our loved ones when it comes to sensitive matters like bad breath, but it's essential to approach the topic with care and consideration. We’re always looking for ways to avoid confrontation or telling others something that might ~offend~ them. It’s in our nature to be kind and sweet, because we don’t want someone turning their back on us...that is, unless they have bad breath. So, here are some dos and don'ts to keep in mind when addressing bad breath with a loved one, based on expert advice and communication research.
Be discreet (when possible):
Just because it’s a loving gesture, doesn’t mean you have to broadcast it if you’re with a group of people! There’s always still the chance it makes them uncomfortable, so try to find a moment to mouth, whisper, or pull that friend aside. Bringing up the topic in a public or embarrassing manner can be hurtful and counterproductive.
Let them know they aren’t alone:
If you’re with a friend or loved one whose breath is harsh, chances are yours is, too! Most social interactions revolve around eating or drinking together, so if you’re smelling it on someone else, make it a “team moment”. It’s ok to be a little self-deprecating: “Hey friend, your breath stinks...but I’m sure it’s not as bad as mine” is an easy way to soften the blow. Using "I" statements to express concern, such as "I've noticed something, and I care about your well-being" Will help show that you genuinely care and want to support them.
Motivate them and give a reason to care:
Getting ready for a big meeting or a first date with a pal or loved one? Be a dear and offer them a sniff-test. It’s an easy way to disguise the fact that you already know there’s something smelly in there AND it will make you the hero! No one wants to make a foul first impression and, as a result, you’ll be showered with thanks.
Offer them a fix to freshen things up:
To further elevate your hero status, be prepared to help! No one wants to be stranded knowing they have a problem without a way to fix it. And of course, you’ll need the right tool for the job. A pack of gum? Tastes delicious, but it’s just going to mask the problem. Mouthwash? No one carries a bottle around in their pocket. We recommend keeping a pack of Zelmin’s handy at all times, if for no other reason than to share the bad-breath-fighting love. Our mint-coated parsley seed oil capsules are clinically tested to help fight the bad breath you’re trying to make go away.
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That’s why our team still can’t understand the big deal/stigma/taboo around telling someone their breath is a little less than fresh. If anything, it’s a social courtesy! Just like letting a friend know their shoe is untied or that they have a little something stuck in their teeth. If it’s someone you love and trust, then the honesty will be much appreciated (and refreshing).
But, there is DEFINITELY a wrong way to do it! You shouldn’t be rude or belittling about it, because it’s not their fault. We’ve all over-indulged on garlic bread or eaten fresh onions at lunch and forgotten about it. And calling someone out to poke fun is never the right way. Remember, bad breath can be caused by various factors, including diet, oral hygiene, or underlying health conditions*. Approach the conversation with empathy and avoid blaming or shaming.
Above all, treat others the way you want to be treated! That means being mindful and keeping your own breath fresh, even if you personally can’t smell it ⚡️
*It’s important to note that in some cases, bad breath can unfortunately be a clinical issue (like chronic halitosis) and there are medical solutions out there to make things better. If you’re concerned about your own breath, and any underlying issues or symptoms that might be causing it, please contact your dentist or physician.