Woman started debate online about attraction after asking if she should date a toothless man 

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Mother is accused of being ‘shallow’ for turning down a second date with an ‘attractive’ man because he’s missing TEETH – but others insist it’s a ‘sign of bad hygiene’

  • British mother revealed she had been blindsided by her date’s gappy smile
  • Said he was missing his front tooth as well as having gaps further into his mouth 
  • Explained she was attracted to him despite his refusal to get himself dental care
  • Commenters were torn on whether it would be shallow to stop seeing him or not 

A British mother was accused of being shallow after questioning if she should go on a date with a man who is missing several teeth.  

The anonymous woman took to UK parenting forum Mumsnet, to reveal the man had ‘ticked boxes’ and she was ‘attracted to him’ but was put off by the fact that he was missing several teeth at the front of his mouth. 

She had been blindsided on the date because his dating profile did not include any snaps with an open-mouth smile.  

Asked what they would do in her position, other users said it would be unfair not to give him a chance despite his teeth. 

However others suggested it could be a sign of ‘poor hygiene’ or that he was a ‘heavy drug user’. 

A British woman has sparked debate after questioning if she should go on a date with a man who had missing teeth - as other social media users questioned if she was being'shallow' (stock image)

A British woman has sparked debate after questioning if she should go on a date with a man who had missing teeth – as other social media users questioned if she was being ‘shallow’ (stock image) 

The anonymous woman took to the parenting forum, Mumsnet , to reveal that she'd enjoyed her date with the man but had nevertheless been blindsided by his lack of teeth

The anonymous woman took to the parenting forum, Mumsnet , to reveal that she’d enjoyed her date with the man but had nevertheless been blindsided by his lack of teeth

Explaining that she had enjoyed the date, the woman said: ‘Went on a date with a really nice guy. Ticked boxes and was attracted to him. However he had teeth missing. 

‘[He was missing] his top front tooth and few teeth towards the front. His pictures online had no pictures showing his teeth.

‘I told him a story of a tooth abscess during lockdown one when everything was closed. Told him that I had to get massive repair when everything opened. 

‘I thought this might provoke a conversation on his teeth. Sort of “I had an accident they are getting fixed”. But nothing.’

She continued: ‘My teeth are not the best and I do have a back tooth missing due to injury with a cherry pip and failed root canal. Would you continue to date? It’s really noticeable’.

Some people revealed they wouldn't judge a potential date for not having teeth and that they could look past it

Some people revealed they wouldn’t judge a potential date for not having teeth and that they could look past it

Some commenters expressed that poor dental appearance would be a deal-breaker for them, with one person saying: ‘Absolutely not. 

‘Just as easy to fall in love with a man with teeth than a man without.’

Another agreed, saying: ‘It would put me off – I find it really unattractive and would make me wonder how well he looked after himself.’

A third person worried about the potential implications: ‘Yeah, I couldn’t date someone with obvious missing teeth, or just dirty/bad conditioned teeth in general.

‘It’s a fundamental aspect of personal hygiene and taking adult responsibility for one’s health.’

Others, however, revealed that not having teeth would be a huge turn off when looking for a potential partner

Others, however, revealed that not having teeth would be a huge turn off when looking for a potential partner

However, other commenters thought not seeing him again simply because of his teeth would be insincere when she’d admitted being attracted to him.

One person said: ‘Wouldn’t bother me. Mine aren’t perfect either. 

‘I’d rather date someone with natural teeth then someone with obvious Turkey teeth that look fake and awful.’

One person agreed, saying: ‘Yes I would date him, I have a missing tooth due to no fault of my own and not being able to afford an implant at the time.

‘Now it doesn’t bother me, it’s not really noticeable so never bothered with a denture.’

A third person wrote: ‘Yes I would. I’ve got a thing for imperfect teeth actually. If I like someone their flaws are what make them sexy.’

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