Tea and coffee are said to stain your teeth, but much more devilish is the humble lettuce or other type of edible greenery.

Although good for your health, lettuce has a nasty habit of plastering itself onto the outer sides of your teeth (and inner sides, too.)Β  And there it remains, impervious to whatever liquid you swish through your mouth or the blandishment of your tongue.Β  Toothpicks, fingers or toothbrushes seem to be the only reliable instruments that will get rid of the pestilent stuff.

This leads to the inevitable questions, two sides of the same coin:

  • Do you tell someone if you spot greenery decorating their teeth?
  • Would you want someone to tell you if they spot something blooming on your teeth?

I’d love to know what you think, so take a moment to leave a comment. Then go out and enjoy your Saturday with clean teeth!

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  1. suej says:

    I, personally, would like my friends to tell me!

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  3. M-R says:

    Yes !
    and also …
    yes !!!

  4. Tell me, if you’re my friend. Not, if you’re a stranger. Just giggle and point instead.

  5. Suzanne says:

    lol – maybe it’s an Aussie thing but over here people usually tell you – except, I have discovered, when at art school. The number of times my fellow students (and once even a lecturer) let me walk round with paint smeared on my face doesn’t bear thinking about!

    • Our younger daughter is at art school, so I’ll have to ask her if that happens there. Maybe art students don’t even notice paint because they’re so used to it. πŸ™‚


      • Suzanne says:

        They noticed – they just enjoyed playing tricks on me πŸ™‚ Art school was a great fun time in my life even tho I was a mature age student when I went there. I hope your daughter is enjoying it. It’s hard work but a one of life’s best experiences.

  6. Yes and Yes! And the same goes for toilet paper stuck to heels!

  7. yes I do, even when I get a grumpy “I know!” back. (and I still wonder why this woman hasn’t removed the chives between her teeth when she knew it, probably I missed a new trend lol)

  8. words4jp says:

    You pose an interesting question. I certainly want to be told, and I have to strangers – depends on how un acquainted we are.

  9. It is a very dicey situation. I begin my telling the person how much I would appreciate it if they told me about lettuce being stuck in my teeth and gently remark that now they may want to take care of it. If the person does not make eye contact with me later at the party, I know the lettuce was bitter for them. πŸ™‚

  10. Absolutely on both questions. I always let someone know (friend or stranger) and I hope the same comes my way!

  11. Yes … and … Yes !!! There are gentle ways to let someone know. After all, they would be mortified if they had conversations with lettuce stuck to their teeth. Usually, I take a quick run to the ladies room to insure I don’t have something I shouldn’t have in my teeth helps. The lettuce looks yummy. : )

  12. Pat says:

    The definitive question?

    Food in teeth – someone I know — yes, I would tell them and I’d want to be told as well, in a pleasant manner.

    Of course, like others, and I mean, who hasn’t had some “embarrassing” situation like this happen?

    I’ve walked about with paint, dirt, compost, grease, all types of smudges on various body parts, in my hair, on my face —- sometimes the gesture of swiping something gooey off the hands is deliberate, other times, like painting with oils in art class, forgetting myself and spiking my hair crimson. On the one hand, it’s no big deal, really, on the other, it’s mostly how others react that determine how embarrassed, or not, one is.

    It also depends on the situation — for example, a guy walking around with the fly of his pants wide open, and hah – happens to be “commando” might elicit a few snickers or giggles, but it’s all in the reaction yes? A gentle well-placed word or comment goes down far better than an outright shrieking in laughter cruel.

    • I agree gentle word (and privately) but please don’t ever put me in the situation with a guy whose fly is down while commando. I think I might avert my eyes and walk away…quickly! πŸ™‚


      • Pat says:

        Yup — that certain is an awkward one — even if not commando, although less odd, still difficult to deal with it. Funny thing though, I’ve notices 2 reactions from men in this situation – not commando — either they take it very well and are politely thankful, if not a tad embarrassed, or they get all hot and offended, like your the one trying to, I dunno, sneak a peek or something silly. Odd this. Makes me laugh.

        Have a great weekend Janet πŸ™‚

      • Weird, isn’t it? I definitely have better things to do than try to see if I can catch a peek if someone’s fly’s undone!! TMI.

        Having a good weekend so far, Pat, and hope you are, too.

  13. Emilio Pasquale says:

    I am always cleaning my wife’s chin or cheek whenever food deposits itself there. And she delights when the tables are turned!

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