a friend with bad breath?

@asliah (11148)
Philippines
January 2, 2011 1:27am CST
how will you approach a friend having a bad breath with no offend? i have a friend having a bad breath, and i cant tell her that her breath is smell bad every time we talked, because i know i will offend her. is/are there any ways i could do just not to offend her?
5 responses
@isloooboy (1740)
• United Arab Emirates
2 Jan 11
I think you if I get into this kind of trouble then I will try to convince him by blaming myself like, "I am feeling my breath is bad because my brother or sister was asking me about it, please take a look am I ?. Then I will discus some kind of mouth cleaner or mouth washer kinda stuff which I will show her that I want to use fr it." So I will not tell her directly about her bad breath but I will give her a way in which she notice about her own bad breath and try to remove it. So try like that.
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@Suggar (3612)
• Bulgaria
2 Jan 11
Oh that's great idea Isloooboy, really great idea. Giving her chance to check what probably would be wrong with you, she may look at herself and think about it too, doing something to change her own situation.
• Philippines
3 Jan 11
Good Day! I also have a friend who has a bad breath but I can't also tell her about this. Well, what I did not to offend her is I pretended that I also have a bad breath in a way that I told her this, "Oh,my breath doesn't smell good? I don't want others to smell my breath or else they'll be turned off." then I laughed out loud then she also checked hers and after that she's now conscious.
• United States
3 Jan 11
Hi! I think handing your friend a breath mint or piece of gum each and every time you see her is a polite way of being honest with a friend who deserves to know. Don't you think. Of course, you may always want to take one out of yourself as well and then offer one to your friend. Don't be surprised if she says no. Then what? Well, then you are stuck...grin and bear I guess. Happy New Year.
• United States
3 Jan 11
You can tell somebody that they have bad breath by giving them some gum, if they say they don't need it you can tell them that they do. Maybe they are taking some medication that gives them bad breath. Let them know that you are concerned about them. Tell them that you don't want to offend them and they will thank you for it.
@Suggar (3612)
• Bulgaria
2 Jan 11
Hello Asliah, i know what you mean about the bad breath ... because i had person at work 2 years ago who had bad smell as a person (looked like she doesn't take showers at all). What we were trying to do is to stay away of her and every time she had special cases to celebrate, we gifted her different interesting cosmetic with nice smell. We hoped that she will start thinking about that and will change her attitude and smell too. It was the same with her, because we didn't want to insult her. Other thing we could do is we were discussing with her same problem, but in our examples there were always fake people and we built stories about the smells of different people, at the same time we were looking her reaction to see if she is going to mark that as her own bad habit too. May be if you give chewing gum to her often she will understand that there is something wrong and will check what is the reason of her problem? Sometimes people don't know that they have problem before someone tell them. It's because we are so used to our own smell, that we can't make good difference between our own smell and the smells around us.
• India
2 Jan 11
I have all the sympathies for you. Believe me when I say that I completely understand your situation. But there is really not much that you can do other than of course, maintaining a distance while talking to her. But if you two are close, then you can frankly talk about it with her. If there is sincerity in your tone then your friend will understand it or at least will give the matter a thought. If you are not that close then there is always a roundabout way to make her understand. But that totally depends on the intensity of your relationship. Be innovative and wait for the right moment. But if you decide to have a conversation about this issue then do it in private. Otherwise she may get offended.