My wonderful, beautiful wife often has residue from salad stuck between her two front teeth. Or we’ll arrive somewhere and her lipstick has somehow transferred from her lips to her top front teeth. Should I or should I not tell her? I love her the way she is and don’t want to make her feel insecure by pointing out such minor flaws.
–N. A., Philadelphia, PA
You have to make a joke out of the fact that everything that lands on her front teeth stays there. Tell her you don’t want to embarrass her, and ask if she would like you to tell her next time. Chances are she will welcome a subtle hint. Have an expression you use in conversation, such as “the horse is out of the barn on that one,” to suggest something is awry. Use body language to signal her by taking your straightened index finger and running it horizontally, left to right, along your upper lip to let her know there is something askew under that prettily painted lip.
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