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Updated: May 21

Season 5 is here and episode 34 of the Airway First podcast is now out! You can catch it on Apple, SoundCloud, Podbean, RSS, Spotify, or wherever you listen to your favorite podcasts.

Airway First Podcast with Dr. Susan Maples

My guest today is acclaimed dentist, international speaker, and author, Dr. Susan Maples. Dr. Maples leads a successful, insurance-independent Total Health Dental practice in Holt, Michigan. She brings preventive and restorative dental expertise, a passion for mouth-body total health, a Master's degree in Business/Marketing, and 30+ years of experience in private practice.

In 2012, Susan was named one of the Top 25 Women in Dentistry and one of the Top 8 Innovators (otherwise known as "disrupters") in Dentistry. She is also the immediate past President of the American Academy for Oral & Systemic Health (AAOSH).

She is the developer of the Hands-on Learning LabTM Kit, an interactional science-based learning program for dental patients, and, an educational screening tool for patients and clinicians to uncover signs of illness such as Pre-Diabetes/Diabese, Obstructive Sleep Airway Disorders, Acid Reflux, and Chronic Systemic Inflammation.

Susan was a co-investigator in an award-winning diabetes research study entitled Diabetes Detection in the Dental Office. She is also the creator of Total Health Academy, a robust online learning curriculum for dental teams to develop a complete oral systemic dental practice.

We are also proud and honored to have Dr. Maples as one of the members of the Children's Airway First Foundation Advisory Board.

You can find out more about Dr. Susan Maples at

Your child's adult healthspan depends on how we approach these issues today. I live in the trenches of advanced airway disorders and it's wretched. It should freak us out that an estimated 26% of Americans have OSA today...and only 4% have been diagnosed! ~ Dr. Susan Maples

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Show Notes:

signs of sleep disordered breathing in children


So, you want to know what it will take to assure your child will grow up to become a healthy and happy young adult in today's world? Dr. Susan Maples, a dentist and passionate pediatric health educator, finally cracks the code on the most critical contemporary elements, and she passionately delivers the recipe.

Happy Healthy Child


  • 1 Brave Parent

  • 1 growing child

  • Gobs of evidence-based science

  • 36 years of experience as a health professional and child advocate

  • Generous heaps of humor, transparency, and tenderness

  • A dash of willingness to grow in your own health and happiness


  1. Listen to the audiobook, build a plan, and brave it out!

  2. Share the audiobook, spread the word, and join the Brave Parent tribe

  3. Help cultivate a local community of Brave Parents to encircle your child

Yield: One healthy, happy child at a time.

Becoming a Brave Parent will change the course of your child's life...and yours! By making the bold decisions you know are best, you'll help inspire a new generation filled with longevity, optimal health, and happiness—beginning in your own home.

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