This question already has an answer here:

...but we are talking a lot, and he is mostly much much closer.

I don't know what to do. Now he has left my desk around 10 minutes ago, but I still can feel the odor of his mouth.

I don't have any idea, what to do. How could I start a new work week Monday?

It is not a simple case, it is a very urgent matter, it is more than uncomfortable, it is foul.

marked as duplicate by user8365, Philip Kendall, Telastyn, paparazzo, Thomas Owens Apr 21 '17 at 14:41

This question has been asked before and already has an answer. If those answers do not fully address your question, please ask a new question.

  • @JeffO It is not surely personal hygiene matter. It may be also some backterial infection in his mouth. If somebodys body stinks, then he doesn't bath, it is clear. But if somebodys mouth, it can have also different reasons. – Gray Sheep Apr 21 '17 at 14:18
  • 1
    When he's not at his desk, drop him an anonymous gift of altoids. You might get lucky and he'll take a hint. – Chris E Apr 21 '17 at 14:19
  • 1
    @MorningStar while it's not necessarily a matter of hygiene, the answers in that question are still good and apply to the problem. – Chris E Apr 21 '17 at 14:20
  • betterhealth.vic.gov.au/health/conditionsandtreatments/… - it could be hygiene, or could be other factors, but the symptom is treatable... – HorusKol Apr 21 '17 at 14:43
  • @MorningStar - I'd expect a bacterial infection of the mouth to be temporary unless untreated which for all practical purposes of having bad breath all the time is just about the same. – user8365 Apr 28 '17 at 17:55

Simple, keep a jar of mints on your desk. When the co-worker comes over to talk to you, take one yourself, and offer your co-worker one. That way you aren't making a comment on your co-worker, only being nice, and you can ensure no-one is having the same issue with you.

Problem solved.

  • 2
    your lucky you squeezed this in before it was marked as duplicate. ;-) – Mister Positive Apr 21 '17 at 14:43
  • 1
    If it's just bad breath, then sure mints are great. If it's an infection or tonsil stones, he needs to regularly irrigate his tonsils and rinse with Biotene. – sleddog Apr 21 '17 at 14:46
  • I'd like to see this happen every time they pop over. Cost a fortune in mints! ;-) – Bugs Apr 21 '17 at 15:04
  • 2
    @MisterPositive - luck has nothing to do with my friend ;) – The Wandering Dev Manager Apr 21 '17 at 15:54
  • 1
    @Bugs - search for "Yupik Scotch Mints, 1Kg" on the A-Z seller, cost $9 here in Canada, should last a while. – The Wandering Dev Manager Apr 21 '17 at 15:56

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.