Bad breath can be a serious issue in intimate relationships. She is quite clean otherwise, but I just cannot stand her bad breath. How do I tell her?

Bad breath and Relationships

4 replies
Nitin Kumar
July 25, 2017


  1. It is better to be honest, I think. What if the roles were reversed, I am sure she would tell you that your breath stinks.

  2. Yes, bad breath can be a big issue. It would be appropriate to suggest a dental check up for both, so as not to embarrass the other person. Make it sound like a routine visit to the dentist by telling her that for a healthy body, healthy teeth are a must. In lighter vein you could mention to her that even when a person buys cattle or a horse, the condition of the teeth are checked to ascertain the health. In the interim, you could insist that she brushes her teeth after every meal or gargles with a good quality mouthwash. Lead by example and do it yourself too.

  3. Hmmm. the dentist idea seems fair enough – i just hope that she take sit in the right way!

  4. I’d say just sit her down and tell her. But if you don’t want to do that, maybe book a dentist’s appointment together. She probably has some dental issues as the bad breath is not being caused by lack of brushing. The dentist will tell her the problem and you are saved. Bonus, you get your teeth checked too!

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