From a reader: “I am a single mature woman back on the dating scene after many years. I recently met a man online who was very attentive and with whom I seemed to share many similarities. We finally met and I discovered that he had rotten teeth and bad breath! However, I used a different excuse to back away, feeling that it would be humiliating to him for me to be this upfront. In this situation, is it appropriate to be completely honest?”

What do you think — “I’d like to see you again, but only after you see a dentist”? Or is that easier typed than done?

— Carolyn Hax

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