How could you not know your breath smells?

@cmecu6 (420)
United States
March 14, 2011 3:30pm CST
I was talking to someone who was neither a family or friend, but just someone you just met. while this person is talking, the person's breath just flat out stink! I didn't know what to do or react. I wanted to just pinched my nose, stepped back or turned away, but at the same time, I didn't want to appear rude. It was really hard to finish our conversation. I was so distracted of the bad smell, that I didn't hear anything this person was saying.. It smelled so bad, that I thought to myself, how could you not know your breath smells? Have any of you been in this situation? What do you do? What are your thoughts?
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@sweet_pea (3326)
• Philippines
15 Mar 11
I don't think they know of it unless someone told them. My husband used to tease me a lot and hold his nose when I talk to him, and says my breathe stinks. I usually say to him if he is serious because I might need medical attention for it. But it seems, he's just being a tease. Anyway, I never been in such a situation before but I have a friend in college who had bad odor. My she was very beautiful except for that part. I really don't have guts to tell her but I think she figured out herself because she started to wear deodorant and it doesn't smell anymore.
@cmecu6 (420)
• United States
15 Mar 11
sweet_pea, I too tease my husband about his breath, but I can tell him cuz he is my husband. But a stranger. No.. Unlike you and I, her family and friends obviously had not told her. Her breath was not the kind of bad breath that you get after eating onion or garlic, it was just plain stink... She may very well have a medical problem, but I didn't want to be the one to tell her after all, we have just met, so I didn't want to come off rude... Thanks for sharing.
@sweet_pea (3326)
• Philippines
15 Mar 11
Yeah, it is difficult to tell to a stranger up-front. You don't know what her reaction would be. If she appreciate your concern or she may see you as a rude person. It is better not to take the risk.
@Ionymc (21)
• Romania
15 Mar 11
If you comment on somebody breath you will come up rude to him even dough you're just trying to be helpful
@junrapmian (2170)
• Philippines
15 Mar 11
Sometimes when the person is already used to the smell of his breath, it won't bother him anymore. It will be really rude to tell him straight to the point that he has bad breath or halitosis. Nect time you talk to that person, do bring a hand fan so you can fan away the bad smell.
@cmecu6 (420)
• United States
15 Mar 11
I like that.. always carry a fan ^_^
• United States
15 Mar 11
Oh gosh yes several times actually and this past Saturday I was at a party and this nice lady I met at the theater party began small talk with me and I could not stand it, she was sort of speaking low so others would not hear her conversation but the softer her voice was the closer she got and Oh my G it was so bad. I don't even remember what she was saying because I was concentrating on how to breath while holding my breath. I could not take it any longer I made an excuse and went to the ladies room. After I came out I went to another area of the party to avoid her. I believe if it is a health condition some know but sort of get use to it and really does not notice as much as we would standing in front of them. I personally feel I would know because I cannot absolutely smell stunk, I just can't so I would move what ever means to figure out some remedy because it would be torture for others and especially for me.
@cmecu6 (420)
• United States
15 Mar 11
That is so funny.. I was doing the same thing. It is quiet hard to hold your breath and carry on a conversation huh??? Unfortunate me, I had no excuse to go anywhere. We were there to pick up our kids from school... However, I now try to avoid her when I see her... That sound really mean, cuz she really is a nice lady... but I rather avoid her than smell her...lol
@sexyice (874)
• Latvia
14 Mar 11
Hello cmecu :) I worry about my breath smell, I regularly clean my teeth and using chewing gums or Tic-Tac candys. I am really worried for not come in situations that people talking to me should be a nose clip a couple of times, I have been in similar situations as you, same never would not have "stinks - foot" place
@cmecu6 (420)
• United States
14 Mar 11
Hi Sexyice, I have notice that the people who worry about their breath are usually not the one we have to worry about ^_^
@cream97 (29175)
• United States
20 Mar 11
Yes, I have been in this situation so many of times. Sometimes I wonder how can they not know that their breath smells so badly? I would act like I don't smell their breath. I may excuse myself and act like I have somewhere that I need to go to. If I have an breath mint or a gum, I will pull one out for me as well, so they won't get offended and I will share it with them. I know that after eating a salad, pasta or a sub sandwich, I usually have hot peppers and onions and every scent that has a garlicky taste to it, and my breath does not smell so good afterward. My kids or my husband will tell me about this too. I will make sure that I don't eat this type of food when I have to go out around others in public. I try to eat this at home when I know that I am not planning on going out for that day.
@Liliac26 (558)
• Romania
15 Mar 11
I've always wondered that myself. It's always useful to carry a packet of chewing gum with you. When you meet people with bad breath just offer them one (innocently) and pray to whatever you believe in they'll accept it. Always have one yourself so as not to appear rude. That's what I do.
@puccagirl (7316)
• Israel
14 Mar 11
I've met some people like that yeah. I'm guessing they are so used to the smell, they are not even aware of it, but I honestly do not know...