top of page
  • Writer's pictureCAFF Team


Episode 71 of the Airway First podcast is now out! You can catch this and all other episodes on Apple, SoundCloud, Podbean, RSS, Spotify, iHeart Radio, or wherever you listen to your favorite podcasts. And don't forget to check us out on YouTube!

Airway First podcast, airway orthodontics, airway, Dr. Claire Stagg

My guest today is Dr. Claire Stagg. Dr. Stagg's academic journey began at the University of Bordeaux, France, where she earned her Doctorate in Dental Surgery (DDS) in 1982. With a relentless thirst for knowledge, she has amassed over 2,700 hours of additional training, with an emphasis in TMJ / Sleep Disorders, Orthopedics, and Dental Rehabilitation. Her quest for excellence led her to Tufts University School of Dental Medicine, where she attained a Master’s of Science focusing on Craniofacial Pain in 2011.

Renowned for her pioneering work, Dr. Stagg has been a trailblazer since her early days, being the first to pass the Trinidad Dental Board Examinations post-graduation and facilitating significant advancements in dental care delivery in Grenada. Her credentials are further highlighted by her Fellowship in the American Academy of Craniofacial Pain and her innovative contributions to Craniofacial Epigenetics and nonsurgical airway remodeling.

Dr. Stagg's practice is not just about treating teeth but nurturing the person behind the smile. She believes in the intrinsic connection of the mouth to the body's overall health and strives for a balance that enhances vital functions — breathing, swallowing, eating, and smiling. Her integrative approach promotes not just survival but thriving, ensuring a quality of life that resonates with wellness and joy.

With a professional interest that spans Biological, Wholistic, and Cosmetic Dentistry, coupled with a strong emphasis on proper Nutrition, Dr. Stagg is at the forefront of a dental revolution. She is dedicated to providing her patients with healthy, beautiful, and pain-free smiles, demonstrating the deep interrelation between the body and the bite.

You can find out more about Dr. Stagg at

Show Notes:


The consequences of a child's poor oral health go far beyond tooth decay and gum disease. Oral health also encompasses your child's jaw alignment and oral cavity --- both of which can impact your child's ability to breathe properly.

Mouth breathing (often caused due airway dysfunction) can have long-term impacts on both your child's oral and long-term health including:

  •  Decreasing your child's quality of sleep ---- causing sleep apnea and sleep-disordered breathing 

  • Causing poorly functioning auto-immune system

  • Decreasing brain function and lower IQ up to 10 points --- can also be misdiagnosed as having ADHD

  • Impacting speech and swelling capabilities

  • Increasing risk for dental complications

  • Causing anxiety, panic attacks, and aggressive behavior

  • Posture problems and muscle fatigue

Additionally, mouth breathing causes your child's mouth to dry out, which in turn, creates a damaging effect on the normal process of the oral cavity. A dry mouth can increase acidity, putting your child at greater risk of gum disease.

A dry mouth means that saliva cannot perform the role it's meant to in your child's mouth. What is the role of saliva? It's there to protect teeth and gums by neutralizing harmful acids. It also acts as a protective barrier, preventing bacteria from growing in the mouth.


Education is the first step for any parent who might be concerned about their child's mental and physical health.

The Children's Airway First Foundation Resource library has information that can aid in identifying symptoms and providing guidance on the first steps towards helping your child with an airway disorder.

CAFF Resource Library

As with any medical condition, consult your child's pediatrician should you see any of these symptoms in your child or if you suspect your child is suffering from an airway disorder.


Smile: It's All Connected, book by Dr. Claire Stagg, airway management

Dr. Claire Stagg shares that the teeth and mouth are profoundly connected with the health of the rest of the body, and vice versa. These connections are far more extensive than most dentists are aware of! Health Connections Dentistry®︎ is Dr. Stagg’s holistic, integrative and comprehensive way of practicing dentistry.

In Smile, It’s All Connected! Whole Health Through Balance, Dr. Stagg reveals the interconnection between oral systemic health and overall well-being in a captivating and enlightening way. By partnering with patients, her passion for knowledge and helping others "think outside the box", Dr. Stagg helps them take charge of their journey toward root cause healing and optimal health, instead of temporarily covering up symptoms that will only get worse and result in poor health. She connects dental and oral solutions to medical conditions via conservative approaches to dental care with an emphasis on growth development and maintenance of the facial skeleton and airways, from infancy to puberty and beyond.

This book is designed to help specifically the lay person and will benefit many generations to come. Please also visit for more groundbreaking opportunities to be empowered, a means of finding knowledge and health wellness, thereby accelerating the momentum of changes in all care delivery for the mastery of humanity.

Recent Posts

See All


bottom of page