Did you know that mineral deficiencies and hormonal imbalances can affect the health of your gums and teeth? Nutrition can have a healing effect on all parts of the body, even our mouths and smiles! To keep your smiles looking and feeling good, be sure to eat plenty of calcium-rich leafy green vegetables like spinach, Swiss chard, kale, and romaine lettuce. You can also obtain calcium from non-dairy sources including sesame seeds, quinoa, and dried figs. Sea vegetables are wonderful and full of nutrients that will improve the condition of your teeth and gums. Magnesium and silica are other important nutrients you need to include in your diet and can be found in whole grains and most vegetables. Foods full of zinc and vitamin C will also be very beneficial to the health of your mouth. Are you a tea drinker? Some teas that promote healthy gums and teeth include licorice, sage, and goldenseal tea. To keep your teeth healthy and beautiful, be sure that you are brushing your teeth after each meal and rinsing with a natural mouthwash.