What to do about bad breath?

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What to do about bad breath?

Sasha, Advice Columnist

Dear Sasha,

My friend has bad breath. Is there a polite way to tell her? Or should I not say anything?


Trying to be a good friend.


Ah, this is a classic scenario. Do I tell her the truth or let her be?

I think the best way to approach this is to put yourself in her shoes. Ask yourself, if this were me, would I want to know? I know I would, but at the same time you need to be careful to not hurt her feelings. If I were in your situation, I would offer her gum and mention her breath subtly. Maybe say something along the lines of “If I had this situation I would want someone to tell me… but your breath smells a bit off sometimes.” Make sure your tone is not demeaning or critical. Although she might not appreciate you bringing it up at first, she will appreciate it in the long run.