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How to tell spouse/significant other he/she has bad breath?

My husband breath stinks so badly that sometimes I think that he has passed gas and it's his breath!!!! (LOL and sadden, first time I've admitted this.) I have hinted that he should go to the dentist, I have gone and all of the kids have gone but he will not. I don't even like kissing him. I told him that when my mouth doesn't feel minty clean, I brush my tongue because and floss. Did he get the message......NO!!!!! How can I tell him his mouth stinks without hurting his pride, self-esteem, our relationship......HOWWWWW?????

Wed. Jun 28, 10:43pm

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I told my bf, "Your breath is worse than the cat's breath. It's disgusting. Go to the doctor!" It worked just fine. (He went to the doctor; the doctor pinpointed the problem; cure took about a week; even people at work expressed relief.) Honestly, how sensitive IS your husband?

Thursday, June 29, 2006, 12:01 AM

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I too would simply be upfront about it.

"Darling you have halitosis and there are times when it becomes so severe that I don't want to kiss you. I would really appreciate it if you would speak to a physician or dentist about it."

Quite fankly I really can't think of any other way to approach this that doesn't come across as passive-aggressive, however perhaps others will have suggestions.

Thursday, June 29, 2006, 1:06 AM

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My god, your married to the man and have kids with him. Just tell him his breath smells and has been and you would really like him to go to the dentist.

Thursday, June 29, 2006, 2:50 AM

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I agree! Please, I would want my spouse to tell me I have bad breath, and he has! It spurred me to take action, and I really wanted to know. I've told my husband he needs to wear deodorant, or shower. That's what spouses do for one another.

Thursday, June 29, 2006, 4:56 AM

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i agree with the above posters. it's your husband, not a coworker. or wait for the kids to do it! i remember telling my dad he had "chronic halitosis" after the phrasing i heard on a commercial....(ROTFL thinking about me as a 6yr old saying that but anyway....)

Thursday, June 29, 2006, 7:32 AM

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