If someone has food on their mouth or on their teeth, should you tell them or no

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  1. The Ski profile image73
    The Skiposted 13 years ago

    If someone has food on their mouth or on their teeth, should you tell them or not?

    This is always a very tricky one. Trying to help without being rude or embarrassing the person. Hwo do you deal with it?

  2. katrinasui profile image38
    katrinasuiposted 13 years ago

    I think you should tell them. Just tell him/her, sensible persons never mind such things.

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    Motown2Chitownposted 13 years ago

    I feel you absolutely should tell them.  Pull them aside, especially if they're someone you're not close to and it's not a private situation.  If it's someone you're close to, or it's a private situation, they'll be much less embarrassed if you tell them than if you let them walk around that way all day.

  4. pen_addict profile image61
    pen_addictposted 13 years ago

    I think you should tell them. It'd be better for them to bear a little pain from you than being insulted and laughed at behind their back by others.

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    vinsanityposted 13 years ago

    Yes, unless you really want them to look stupid. You should snap a picture first.

  6. Cardisa profile image89
    Cardisaposted 13 years ago

    Honestly, personally, it depends on who. Where I come from we have a lot of persons who get offended quite easily.

  7. mcrawford76 profile image88
    mcrawford76posted 13 years ago

    Sometimes it's just funny to see someone walking around with a big glob of mustard on their cheek.
    I guess I would say that it depends on my mood.

  8. Lisa HW profile image61
    Lisa HWposted 13 years ago

    I think if someone you're close to, then mention it.  If the person isn't someone you're close to maybe it's better to say nothing and let him think there's at least the chance nobody saw it before he did.

  9. LittlePayday profile image61
    LittlePaydayposted 13 years ago

    I think you should tell them...would you want to be told if you have food in your teeth or on your face?

  10. itsmelizza profile image55
    itsmelizzaposted 13 years ago

    just tell them, before others see it...

  11. jacqui2011 profile image77
    jacqui2011posted 13 years ago

    I would definitely tell them because I would want to know if it happened to me. I'd make a joke of it and say something like "are you keeping that for later?"

  12. Jacob_Jube profile image62
    Jacob_Jubeposted 13 years ago

    Depends on the relation and also depends on my mood ...

    But yeah this is the perfect material for leg pulling ... lollzz

  13. Jenneez profile image62
    Jenneezposted 13 years ago

    Absolutely. I would think anyone would want to know this. However, it would depend if it was your best friend or total stranger? Either way, I think I would certainly mention this to that person, but that's just me. However, if I was on a subway train and it was someone who looked nasty, Ummm, NO, I probably wouldn't mention it to them. If it happened to be a very nicely groomed attractive male or female, YES, I think I would mention it for sure. :-)

  14. TheBlondie profile image61
    TheBlondieposted 13 years ago

    Yes, but only in private. I hate coming home and realizing that I had something in my teeth and no one told me. But I also remember this one time where a girl announced that I had something on the corner of my mouth right in the middle of class. I wouldn't have minded if she had told me before class when there was no one else around...

  15. iMilton profile image61
    iMiltonposted 13 years ago

    I would kind of make eye contact with the person then point (on my face) where they have the smudge. Its like the universal gesture for telling someone they have a smudge or food on their face.

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    rorshak sobchakposted 13 years ago

    After someone tells me I have a piece of food between my teeth I feel self-conscious about my smile for the rest of the day. If it were me, I would say don't say anything to the person and let them smile proud.

  17. keeper23east profile image60
    keeper23eastposted 13 years ago

    I think I would be embarassed if I told someone if they food on their mouth or in their teeth.  I deal with by trying to put up with the problem and tell them what they need to do.

  18. puddingicecream profile image68
    puddingicecreamposted 13 years ago

    I would tell them in a polite way so that they don't get embarrassed. It's ruder once they find out that you let them embarrass themselves walking around with food on their teeth.

  19. ecepero profile image58
    eceperoposted 13 years ago

    of course. If you didn't tell them they would later find out and possibly be more embarrassed. This could also give them a horrible first impression if they are going in for a job interview or first date and whatnot.

  20. honestjeenn profile image56
    honestjeennposted 13 years ago

    Yes, i'll tell him in a nice manner... That way, he or she'll feel that i am just concern of him or her.

  21. Beth100 profile image67
    Beth100posted 13 years ago

    Yes, but discreetly so as to not embarrass them.

  22. The Ski profile image73
    The Skiposted 13 years ago

    Loads of great answers here. It seems the general opinion is to actual tell the person rather than allow them to walk around like that. This tends to happen often and personally I prefer to let the person know. I do it subtly by just telling them and then looking away so as to give them the space and dignity to clean it up. Thanks everyone. Please read my sci fi stories if you are interested. Cheers. The Ski

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    crystalpowellposted 13 years ago

    Please people, if I have something on my face or in my teeth please, please, please tell me. I would definitely tell you. I would rather have someone tell me than to go all day, or at least til i got a chance to look in the mirror, to find something crusty and disgusting  on my face, and know that people have been looking at me saying what in the world? And then of course I would have a flash back about the cute guy who was staring at me and i winked at him only to realize he was looking at the after effects of lunch on my face. How embarrassing. Not that that has ever happened.smile

  24. TheWhisper profile image60
    TheWhisperposted 13 years ago

    I think so. Even if it's small, you caring builds a stronger relationship.
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    leann2800posted 13 years ago

    Yes, if you know them. If it is friends or family then, you should. And you should tell them privately and in a casual way. If it is a customer or patron of your employment, you shouldn't say anything at all.

  26. kassishae profile image69
    kassishaeposted 13 years ago

    Most definitely tell him or her.  No matter what the situation or mood.  It is always less embarrassing to be told before others see it.  Everyone has a situation like that every now and then where they get a little sauce on their face or something, so just as kindly and discreetly as possible, let them know so they may fix it. There is no need to let your mood be detrimental to another.

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    Guantaposted 13 years ago

    A number of years ago, a little girl of about 8 or 9 told me I had lipstick on my teeth.  I did feel embarrased to be told about such a silly thing, but I was grateful to her for telling me about something that would have looked even sillier as the day went by and frankly I don't think the adults would have made mention of it.

  28. profile image0
    jasper420posted 13 years ago

    tell them ya it may be akward to say something but think about if that was you would you want to be told

  29. veronamex profile image59
    veronamexposted 13 years ago

    In my mind I go between thinking it doesn't bother me so why bother telling them, and remembering that moment when they may lightly embarrassingly curse me, in front of the mirror, for not informing them before too much of the night had past. If I sense they would want to know I try to tell them.

  30. melodyj profile image61
    melodyjposted 13 years ago

    Do unto others as you will have them to do unto you, so i will tell them.

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    TheTruthToldposted 13 years ago

    Yes! The key is to know when and how to let them know. Make a conscious effort to discretely let them know and they should be grateful. While, it could be a potentially embarrassing moment for them, they will recognize that you have saved them from walking around talking to who knows how many other people with food in their teeth before someone else had the guts to say something.

  32. profile image49
    deacharliebrownposted 13 years ago

    Since I work in the hospitailty industry, looks are very important so it helps for all of us to look out for each other. But then again, if we wanted to play a little prank on another team member, just pretend everything is normal and see what happens.

  33. Bret Talley profile image60
    Bret Talleyposted 13 years ago

    of course... even if its not easy to do.  Its better than walking around with something on your face all day!

  34. shareek87m profile image57
    shareek87mposted 13 years ago

    ya want to must be tell, thats humanities, call they alone and tell for he/she, that a good meners

  35. Sunny2o0o profile image60
    Sunny2o0oposted 13 years ago

    If the person is a friend, yes.  I would prefer to be informed of something like this by a friend rather than a stranger or continue to have the bit of food between my teeth.  If I don't know the person with food between their teeth, however, I will not mention it as I find the situation to be too socially awkward.

  36. StevenRobaina profile image61
    StevenRobainaposted 13 years ago

    it really just depends if you like the person or not...if i like you ill think about it...if i dont like you, good luck!

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    muhammad aremuposted 13 years ago

    Of course let da person know about it.for if i were d person,i'll feel like if he hadn't told me,many others were going 2 notice nd it would  be more embarassing

  38. ThunderKeys profile image64
    ThunderKeysposted 13 years ago

    I know and deeply respect a few people that can often be seen with a white food particle just inside of their lip. Especially after a recent meal. I've just come to see this as a part of how they often look.

    I think it's very important not to embarrass people in any way. If the benefit to the person out weighs the embarrassment in some very important way, then maybe I would tell them.

    Yes...it's very person and situation specific.

    - Duddy.

  39. Reprieve26 profile image70
    Reprieve26posted 13 years ago

    Yes, it's the right thing to do. Besides, if it was me, I'd want someone to let me know!

  40. cooldad profile image60
    cooldadposted 13 years ago

    I think it depends if you like the person or not.  That may sound sadistic, but it can be pretty fun when you think about it.

  41. MazioCreate profile image67
    MazioCreateposted 13 years ago

    Absolutely! I would hope that the favour would be returned. I'm also very big on letting people know if their 'fly' is undone or skirt tucked up. Personally, I would hate walking around with half a lettuce stuck to my teeth.  Prior thanks to those people who are willing to help me keep myself presentable in public.

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    ExoticHippieQueenposted 13 years ago

    Of course you tell them, because if you don't, they will think that you are thoughtless when they find out that you must have seen it and not told them.  Just tell them....."Um, I think you have something on your teeth,right there".  Done. Was that so hard?

  43. KyleBear profile image58
    KyleBearposted 13 years ago

    If you know the person well, then by all means go ahead. If not, you would probably offend them in my opinion :\

  44. JT Walters profile image70
    JT Waltersposted 13 years ago

    If you don't carass themselve about the person say nothing.  I have walked around with a friendenemy when they had food in their teeth and watched people react to them.  It was very funny.

    But if you are close to someone and it will be well recived, ey tell them so they don't embarras themselves.

  45. profile image52
    articlejposted 13 years ago

    depending on if you know them or not. Like if their a stranger then no. if their a boyfriend or friend then yes. I know i would want to know if i had something in my teeth.

  46. Trigger9449 profile image61
    Trigger9449posted 13 years ago

    Yea you should tell them, they will probably thank you for it after being a little embarrassed. If you don't tell them and they find out hours later when they get in front of a mirror it will probably ruin their day.

  47. rhian-jo profile image61
    rhian-joposted 13 years ago

    Nothing more embarassing than realising you have something in your teeth... and then that no-one told you! Definitely tell them.

  48. guy1973 profile image56
    guy1973posted 13 years ago

    well, if it bothers me , i will eventually tell them

  49. woodamarc profile image43
    woodamarcposted 13 years ago

    Depends if you like to watch people embarrass themselves?  I'd definitly tell them and I'd do it as discretely as possible.

  50. profile image0
    missstefanyhubsposted 12 years ago

    I would tell if someone has food on his/her teeth because I would want them to tell me!


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