Place the cookie sheets in the preheated oven and bake for 30 minutes. Turn the oven down to 200ºF and remove the trays from the oven. Beat the egg whites until they form soft peaks. Brush crackers with egg whites and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Return the crackers to the oven and bake for another 45 minutes. Turn off the oven and let the crackers cool completely.

This recipe makes over 50 medium sized crackers. It can easily be doubled. The crackers store well in the refrigerator and freeze well too.

What you feed your child has a profound effect on his dental health. These 11 foods can help keep teeth and gums strong.
Strong teeth are a reflection of a strong immune system and a well-nourished body. Start by feeding your dog a high-quality diet of whole meats and other natural ingredients. Then try adding these other foods, supplements and herbs to further improve his dental health. (It’s always a good idea to talk to your veterinarian before giving your dog a new supplement or herb).

  1. Bee Propolis
    Bee propolis has significant anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial benefits. It is excellent for infected gums and canker sores. Use one drop per pound of body weight.
  2. Bones
    Bones (raw, uncooked) provide the calcium needed for strong teeth and bones. Chewing raw meat bones is a great way to clean your dog’s teeth and prevent tartar buildup, which causes gingivitis. Raw bones also contain probiotic bacteria and enzymes that help maintain healthy bacterial flora in your dog’s mouth. These healthy bacteria act as soldiers, fighting and killing harmful bacteria, such as streptococci, before they can gain a foothold and multiply, causing gingivitis and other infections. Supervised chewing sessions are like a visit to the dentist without the fear. Choose large marrow bones and organic shank bones for dogs.
  3. Coenzyme Q10
    Coenzyme Q10 is a powerful antioxidant that promotes cardiovascular health and helps maintain healthy gums. Consider adding it to your dog’s diet for long-term dental support. CoQ10 is best absorbed in oil; premium olive oil is a good match. The recommended dosage is 0.25 to 1.0 mg per pound of body weight per day.
  4. Blueberries
    Blueberries contain many biologically active compounds such as flavonoids, phenolic acids, anthocyanins, and condensed tannins. Research has shown that pure cranberry juice can be as effective in fighting tooth decay as it is in fighting bladder infections. A team of researchers from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry and Rutger’s University in New York found that many special compounds found in cranberries can inhibit enzymes associated with plaque formation also prevent bacteria from adhering to surfaces. These compounds also prevent acid formation and reduce the acid tolerance of cavity-causing bacteria.

A study published in the Journal of the American Dental Association reports that a unique component of cranberry juice – a non-dialyzable high molecular weight compound (NDM) – has the ability to reverse and inhibit the clotting of certain oral bacteria responsible for plaque and periodontal disease. NDM has also been isolated from blueberries, raspberries, mangoes, peaches and plums.

  1. Dill
    Dill has long been known for its culinary and medicinal properties. Hippocrates, the father of medicine, used dill seeds and leaves in a recipe to clean the mouth and freshen the breath. Dill is a carminative herb and has strong antimicrobial properties and helps fight infections.
  2. fennel
    Fennel is a close relative of parsley, carrot, dill, and coriander, all of which have beneficial properties for teeth. Fennel’s phytonutrients include flavonoids such as rutin, quercetin, and kaempferol glycosides. It is packed with vitamin C, has anti-inflammatory properties, helps freshen breath and fight gum inflammation, and protects the liver.
  1. grapefruit seed extract
    The grapefruit seed extract is one of nature’s antiseptics. It can be used both externally and internally. The grapefruit seed extract was created in the 1970s when immunologist Dr. Jacob Harich sought a natural, non-toxic alternative to antibiotics to help the body resist bacteria, viruses, parasites, and fungi. He found what he was looking for in the seeds and connective tissue of grapefruit. GSE has significant antimicrobial activity at low concentrations. Always dilute it before use. Add one to six drops to five ounces of water, then use a cotton swab or gauze-covered finger to gently clean your dog’s teeth and gums.
  2. green tea
    Green tea is a rich source of flavonols. The main flavonol compounds in green tea are called catechins and include eipgallo-catechin gallate (EGCG), which is considered the main anti-cancer agent in tea. Green tea is known to have a positive effect on oral health. In humans, it has been shown to help prevent tooth decay. Learn more about freeze-dried decaffeinated green tea solids, also known as green tea extracts.
  3. oatmeal
    Oatmeal is a grain that gives strength. It is low in starch and high in minerals, such as potassium, phosphorus, magnesium and calcium. Oats are also rich in vitamins B, E and G. It is a nutritious food that promotes strong teeth while serving as a tonic for nerves, blood and hair.
  4. Parsley
    Parsley is one of the most concentrated foods in the world. It has powerful antimicrobial properties that make it a perfect breath freshener. Parsley can be consumed as a whole food, as a tincture or as an iced tea. Mixed with your dog’s food, a tisane provides most of the benefits of a dried or fresh herb. It can be added to your dog’s regular food, where it will be absorbed quickly and easily.
  5. wild strawberry (Fragaria vesca)
    The wild strawberry has a chequered history and has long been revered for its healing properties. The acid in the fruit cleans teeth, while the seeds act as an abrasive. Native Americans ground wild strawberries into a paste that they used to remove tartar, clean teeth and relieve toothache.

The recipe below incorporates some of these foods into a crunchy cookie that will give your canine companion a big boost to their dental health.

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