I think

Hong Kong Tatler - - The Great Debate -

Ta­nia mo­han

most of us would rather be told if we had a piece of spinach stuck be­tween our teeth. The al­ter­na­tive is that later, when con­fronted with our re­flec­tion, we re­alise with em­bar­rass­ment that it wasn’t our fab­u­lous wit and in­tel­lect that had our com­pan­ions tantalised but that stub­born bit of green. So I would take the ap­proach rec­om­mended by Des­mond Mor­ris in Man­watch­ing—a Field Guide to Hu­man Be­hav­iour, touch my own tooth and pray that my ac­quain­tance would re­alise and fol­low suit. If not, I would try to catch the per­son’s eye and very sub­tly say they have a lit­tle some­thing stuck be­tween their teeth. I would then quickly carry on with the con­ver­sa­tion and not make a big deal of it. I think this ap­proach is far more prefer­able than do­ing noth­ing and let­ting the per­son see them­selves later in a mir­ror. They’d think how odd—and how un­kind—that they had not been told about it. Do unto oth­ers as you would have them do unto you. And for me, I’m all for a clean, green-free smile.

Ta­nia is the founder of cloth­ing and ac­ces­sories brand Tabla

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