I am always very self-conscious about myself when I am socializing with other people, or meeting people for the first time. I want to make a great first impression. I try to dress nice and make sure my hair and make-up look as good. I also make sure that my breath smells good. The last thing I want is for someone to have a lasting impression of how horrible my breath smelled. I have had that happen before, not myself, but someone else. I had a co-worker whose breath always smelled like they licked the bottom the garbage can, followed by eating a sweaty sneaker for lunch. Ewww!!! His breath was THAT bad. It was such a shame too because he was a great guy. He was funny but I couldn’t get past the bad breath.
Have you ever experienced a friend, relative or co-worker who had the world’s worst breath? Did you tell them about it? Did you offer them breath mints? As much as I’d like to tell someone I think I would feel too awkward to actually do it. I wouldn’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings, even though it’s only to help them.
Recently a survey commissioned by Wakefield Research, called the Dentyne Safe Breath Survey, took a look at some of the best and worst “breath offenders”. The Safe Breath Survey examines the risks that 18 to 34-year-olds are taking with their breath, how preparedness factors into a successful social encounter and the rules of attraction when it comes to dating and breath.
This is what the survey found.
- 53% of Americans ages 18 to 34 have had an “intimate moment” cut short because they were unprepared. While granny panties or white briefs can be a mood-killer, 76% say bad breath would be a more embarrassing end to an “intimate moment” than unflattering underwear.
- There are some things you can look past and still have a good date, such as sweaty palms (50%) or wrinkled clothes (47%). However, try to avoid the garlic mashed potatoes at dinner: 86% of those polled could not disregard bad breath on a first date.
- Feeling good in your new pair of designer jeans? No matter what you’re wearing, 71% feel less confident meeting someone of the opposite sex if their breath isn’t fresh.
- 58% have lost interest in someone they were attracted to due to bad breath. And that’s no smooching secret; charm alone can only get you so far – 48% of women 18 to 34 would end a relationship with someone with consistently bad breath.
- The truth hurts, and most aren’t ready to tell it to you straight – especially when it comes to breath blunders. 85% of people think it would be harder to tell someone they have bad breath than tell them their zipper’s down.
- Skinny jeans definitely have their drawbacks. 78% have sacrificed essentials during a night out to avoid carrying them, and nearly 1 in 4 (23%) have left gum at home because they didn’t want to carry it – a rookie mistake.
I was actually surprised at these stats. I would have a hard time telling someone their breath didn’t smell good. I didn’t think that 85% of those polled felt the same way. I also can’t believe 78% of those who did the survey would forgo essentials just because they didn’t want to carry them. Interesting…
Thankfully there is the new Dentyne’s new Split2Fit pack designed to fit almost anywhere, practicing safe breath while in those precarious situations will be easier than ever. I haven’t tried the gum yet, but I have seen the commercials. My kids keep asking me about it (my kids love gum).
Check out these amusing Dentyne Split2Fit shorts.
Dyntene would like to know if you practice “safe breath” by giving two lucky readers a box of Dentyne Split2Fit gum (1 box per winner – each box has 9 packs of gum).
This giveaway is open to US residents only and will end on July 16, 2012 at 12:01 AM (EST). The winners will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries. The winners will be notified via e-mail.
To enter please leave a comment on this post and tell me what you do to practice “safe breath” – OR – tell me a story that pertains to bad breath.
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*I am receiving free samples of gum in exchange for this post. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own.