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    My boyfriend regularly has bad breath but he won't listen to me to try and fix it..

    Anyone who has (or has had) bad breath but brushes their teeth properly will know that it's caused by a build-up of food breaking down on the tongue, and that tongue scrapers and those little rubber things on the back of toothbrush heads are made to help you clean you tongue. I keep asking him to brush his tongue, which I've done for a long time because it's the only thing that works for me, and he'll just go and brush his teeth again or use a mouthwash which doesn't remove all of that disgusting bacteria.. Then 10 minutes later the smell is back!

    How do I make him see how stupid he's being over such a small thing? He always thinks he's right and on this one occasion I'd love it if he tried to see my point of view so I'm not repelled when he kisses me!
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    Get a really bad breath and kiss him... more than 1 day. That will be enough I think!
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    Ew.

    Do you think it's possible that he could be suffering from halitosis? As well as brushing his tongue regularly he should keep mints and gums in his pocket, which will help to freshen his breath regularly.
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    That's actually disgusting.

    Sit down and talk to him and tell him it's not even a laughing matter and there's no reason for him to be so stubborn.

    Who would want to walk around with dodgy breath? How does he think people will view him...if he goes to work/talks to strangers/talks to his friends and tries to kiss you everyone will just be repulsed by it.

    I beg you talk to him seriously.

    I don't know how someone can tell him something like this and he's not prepared to listen? Is he embarrassed or does he just not see it as an issue? Because it is.
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    (Original post by Sernobrega)
    Get a really bad breath and kiss him... more than 1 day. That will be enough I think!
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    I'm not sure I can allow myself to walk around like that haha!

    (Original post by WBZ144)
    Ew.

    Do you think it's possible that he could be suffering from halitosis? As well as brushing his tongue regularly he should keep mints and gums in his pocket, which will help to freshen his breath regularly.
    I actually haven't heard of this.. Looked it up and it's basically the same as bad breath but sounds worse I'm not sure mints and gums are very useful because they'll just mask it rather than getting to the root of the problem.. Thanks though

    (Original post by MaseratiJay)
    That's actually disgusting.

    Sit down and talk to him and tell him it's not even a laughing matter and there's no reason for him to be so stubborn.

    Who would want to walk around with dodgy breath? How does he think people will view him...if he goes to work/talks to strangers/talks to his friends and tries to kiss you everyone will just be repulsed by it.

    I beg you talk to him seriously.

    I don't know how someone can tell him something like this and he's not prepared to listen? Is he embarrassed or does he just not see it as an issue? Because it is.
    I've tried hinting and literally said "go and brush your tongue" or "you need to start brushing your tongue" and then he'll go off and use mouthwash or just brush his teeth again! But I think you're right... I need to make a bigger deal about it and then he'll see more reason to sort it out. I don't know if other people are in close enough proximity to notice it because he's had job interviews etc and been successful and surely he'd take me more seriously if he thought others were noticing it too?
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    It might not be as simple as brushing one's tongue...

    Nasal problems that cause build up of snot or sore throats are going to affect your breath. You can't very easily solve them. Nasal polyps are a ****. Or just having an allergic reaction to something... etc etc.
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    (Original post by carrotstar)
    My boyfriend regularly has bad breath but he won't listen to me to try and fix it..

    Anyone who has (or has had) bad breath but brushes their teeth properly will know that it's caused by a build-up of food breaking down on the tongue, and that tongue scrapers and those little rubber things on the back of toothbrush heads are made to help you clean you tongue. I keep asking him to brush his tongue, which I've done for a long time because it's the only thing that works for me, and he'll just go and brush his teeth again or use a mouthwash which doesn't remove all of that disgusting bacteria.. Then 10 minutes later the smell is back!

    How do I make him see how stupid he's being over such a small thing? He always thinks he's right and on this one occasion I'd love it if he tried to see my point of view so I'm not repelled when he kisses me!

    I'm guessing he has an electric toothbrush.
    Spend 10 minutes on the top row and another 10 on the bottom.
    Spend quality time on each tooth front and back.

    Gargle with hot salt water.
    Use a tongue cleaner and floss.
    CB12 mouthwash.

    He may have Halitosis. Or he may have tonsil stones.
    If he really can't get rid of his bad breath by standard measures then get him to see a doctor/dentist.
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    Encourage him to drink more water, dehydration is a common cause of bad breath.
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    (Original post by stefano865)
    I'm guessing he has an electric toothbrush.
    Spend 10 minutes on the top row and another 10 on the bottom.
    Spend quality time on each tooth front and back.

    Gargle with hot salt water.
    Use a tongue cleaner and floss.
    CB12 mouthwash.

    He may have Halitosis. Or he may have tonsil stones.
    If he really can't get rid of his bad breath by standard measures then get him to see a doctor/dentist.
    10 MINUTES FOR EACH ROW?!?

    Jesus, I'd feel like I had no enamel left after that ;-;
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    leave this guy l0l
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    (Original post by MeeranB)
    10 MINUTES FOR EACH ROW?!?

    Jesus, I'd feel like I had no enamel left after that ;-;

    Haha

    Trust me it feels amazing. So fresh. :ahee:

    Not every day but it is worth giving them a really good clean once a week.

    Admittedly it does depend on the brush. My Sonicare is very gentle. Other brushes would be too harsh.

 
 
 
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