Is Bad Breath The Ultimate Dating Dealbreaker?

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When it comes to giving him the boot, survey shows that poor oral hygiene trumps his bad manners.

If you have romance in mind—and who doesn't in February—you might want to avoid the garlic clams or onion rings. According to an online survey sponsored by Listerine, bad breath was the no. 1 turn-off when it came to dating. Even rude behavior and cheapness were considered more forgivable. MyDaily: 'Spousonomics': Is Economic Theory The Key To A Happy Marriage?

Out of 1,020 adults, 37 percent said that dragon breath was the biggest romantic deal-breaker. Bad manners were a close second, with 26 percent of respondents saying they were the worst offense—so be nice to your waitress! A date who doesn't listen would kill the mood fastest for 17 percent of people, and rounding out the bad-date traits were yellow teeth (11 percent), lack of style (5 percent), and cheapness (5 percent). Hmm, maybe that Groupon proposal wasn't the best idea ever. MyDaily: Sip On This: Why Coca Cola's Secret Formula Arouses Men

While bad breath is nasty, we'd have to go with the group that said bad manners were the biggest red flag. At least bad breath can be masked with some mouthwash or a mint; bad manners are much harder to cover up. MyDaily: What's Dating Like In College?

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Written by Kara Wahlgreen for MyDaily

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