Winam Hair Studio, Kaimuki, Oahu

A Honolulu Dentist gets style!  Terrance Cleveland DDS

Winam WallForbes reports that 2011 research by Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital concludes that people assess your competence and trustworthiness in a quarter of a second… based upon how you look!  In a related study by Sylvia Ann Hewlett, the founding president of the Center for Talent Innovation (CTI) in New York, your superiors must perceive you as having excellent communication skills as well as a polished appearance.  In the CTI researcher’s interviews with over 4,000 college-educated professionals and 268 senior executives, Grooming emerged as the TOP physical trait that employees are being judged on.  According to the research, good grooming habits – is a professional’s most important physical asset. Affordable Honolulu Dentist, Best Honolulu Dentist

Dr Cleveland CutAs your Honolulu Dentist,  I know that healthy teeth make beautiful smiles.   Your smile is one of the first things people notice.  This study points out that a professional “polish” ALSO includes your hair.. a hairstyle verses a haircut.   So off I go to my favorite stylist;  Hillary Juliette , owner/operator of  Winam Hair Studio in Kaimuki.  Honolulu Best Dentist, Painless Dentist,                    

Winam CounterOne of Hawaii’s rising stars,   Winam Studio was recently listed by Elle magazine as one of the “top 100 salons in the United States in it’s August 2012 issue.  A  recent article in Honolulu’s Midweek  highlights her “green cut” which takes a half hour to complete and is environmentally friendly.  This waterless cut is a viable option.  It allows Hillary to see how the hair “lives” on each individuals head. 

“When I first met Dr. Cleveland, he was sporting a do-it-yourself buzz.  You know, the get out of water, run a towel… and pau.  His hair had serious issues.  Dr. Cleveland’s hair is typical Asian… as it was growing out, his hair would stand up straight, and we would get this tennis ball head!  I wanted to create a look that would fit with his active life style, and still be professional for a dentist.” says Hillary. “Over several sessions, we worked together to create a great look. He has such a cool vibe. He is approachable and has such a great personality.  To me, he is the Jack Johnson of the dental world… I want that reflected in his style.”

Dr Cleveland StyleOk, I admit that pre-Hillary, my hair was hilahila, but I am converted.   What is great about her is that she takes the time to get to know you, and creates a personal look that works, and is reflective of who you are.  It is all about the conversation, and relationship.  Hillary grew up in Kapahulu before heading to Oakland and around the country for training… so she gets the “local” culture, yet can bring an “edginess” to her styles.  Appointments are easy with her online appointment scheduling system and her hours work well for before work since she will come in as early as 5:30am.  She is fun too, and did I mention great teeth?   “A great style and beautiful smile…. These both play a big role in appearance and health” says Hillary.  “Dr. Cleveland does my teeth, I work his hair.   It’s a mutual thing.”

Sheba JulietteReceptionist Queen Sheva will greet you at Winam Hair Studio which is located at 1130 Koko Head Avenue.  The studio is open Monday through Thursday from 5:30 am to 3 pm, and Saturday and Sunday from 6 am to 3 pm.  Prices range from $35 to $45 for a haircut, $85 for a cut and gloss or color, and $125 to $135 for a haircut, color and highlights.  Check out what customers say on YELP:


Dr TJ2Dr. Terrance Cleveland practices General Dentistry in Honolulu, Hawaii.  Besides Dentistry, Dr. Cleveland loves to share stories of the special people and places that make Hawaii so amazing.  If you have a story that needs to be told please contact us at, follow him on Twitter,  and on Facebook



Poke Run! Azama Fish Market, Waipahu, Oahu

A Honolulu DAzama Storeentist on a Poke Run !!!

As a dentist, I stress preventative care and maintenance.  Good oral care is important to your overall health, and healthy teeth make beautiful smiles.  But also important; teeth play a mighty significant role in achieving maximum gastronomical enjoyment!  The textures and flavors of azama caseHawaii’s regional cuisine are best enjoyed with problem free teeth.  “Through the lips, past the gums… look out stomach here it comes!”  Notice that no mention is even made of the teeth; when our teeth are healthy, we don’t even notice them…. we just concentrate on the enjoyment of eating.  That is the way it should be. Honolulu Dentist

CuttlefishGrowing up in Hawaii, one of my favorite snacks was dried cuttlefish.  Chewy and delicious.  You could find it at the ‘crack seed’ store in jars, or in little plastic packages at Longs.  I just fell in love again.  Azama Fish Market in Waipahu offers this by the pound.  It is FRESH, and MOIST and CHEWY and SOFT all at the same time, indescribable.  Oh and did I say tasty?  My mouth waters just to think of it.   This delectable treat is best eaten with healthy teeth!  Affordable Honolulu Dentist

One of Hawaii’s favorite and very well-known food is poke (pronounce “poh-kay”).  You lg pokecannot attend a gathering of local folk without a few bowls of this appetizer offered.  Poke means “cut piece” or “small piece” in Hawaiian, and is usually small pieces of raw fish or seafood mixed with various seasoning.   My favorites are the spicy ahi, and tako poke.  The tako poke, made from octopus is tender, yet chewy and mildly spicy with a crunch of fresh cucumbers.  The spicy ahi, creamy and flavorful, a perfect accompaniment to rice or a cold beer.   It will make you moan aloud it is so good. 

When I am heading to a party, or just get a craving, I make a “poke run” to Azama Fish staticmapMarket in Waipahu.  One of Oahu’s hidden treasures, Azama’s is simple and unassuming, but packs incredible flavor in its poke.  Try the spicy ahi poke and the tako poke.  The prices are reasonable, the product is fresh, and the people are friendly. 

   Faye Azama Azama Fish Market is owned by Kitoshi Azama.  Originally from Okinawa, Kitoshi opened his first fish market at Oahu Market, Chinatown.  He also is the owner of K. Azama Fish Wholesale  in Palolo    1403A 10th Avenue.  Honolulu, Hawaii  96816.  where he offers Chinese Fish cake, Dry Aku, and LauLau.  OH.. and he also carries my new love.. dry cuttlefish at this Palolo location.  This family run business relies on word of mouth and the quality of its’ product to keep its customers coming back again and again.  It’s a strategy that works.  Faye, who is part of our dental team at the office at 1580 Makaloa #940, Honolulu, Hawaii  96814 introduced us to the market.   This Honolulu dentist is hooked.  You will be too.  Keep those teeth healthy, you will need them for a POKE RUN!!   Call us at 941-2911 for an appointment today.   HoConolulu Dentist Ala Moana

Dr TJ2Dr. Terrance Cleveland practices General Dentistry in Honolulu, Hawaii.  Besides Dentistry, Dr. Cleveland loves to share stories of the special people and places that make Hawaii so amazing.  If you have a story that needs to be told please contact us at, follow him on Twitter,  and on Facebook


Another Reason to Brush

There have been so many studies on Alzheimer’s Disease.   Causes? Cure?  This disease causes brain changes that gradually get worse. It’s the most common cause of dementia. In Alzheimer’s disease, brain cells degenerate and die, causing a decline in memory and mental function.  Some days I am sure this is why I can’t find my cell phone!  A recent study correlates daily brushing with dementia.  The article below was posted by, and while the study doesn’t seem definitive, it points strongly towards the benefits of brushing.   Hoolulu Denist

Daily Brushing Associated with Lower Risk of Dementia

The Journal of American Geriatrics has released a study claiming that daily brushing is associated with a lower chance of developing dementia late in life. The study observed 5,468 people over a period of 18 years. All participants in the study resided at a retirement community in Southern California.Senior Center

Of the 5,468 studied, 1,145 developed some form of dementia and those who developed dementia were much less likely to brush daily and maintain good oral health habits. Richardson, a spokesperson for TeethCenter said, “This report leaves plenty of room for interpretation. I think it’s safe to say that the adults that exercised healthy oral health habits had a lower case of developing dementia, but, why is that the case?”

Researchers on the study warned that the study “did not prove a cause and effect between oral health and dementia”. It has been long suggested that oral health is directly related to overall health as people who care for their teeth tend to care for their bodies, but, the direct correlation and causation is still unclear.

Source:  Sept 14, 2012.  Reprinted by permission.

In my Honolulu dental practice, we really focus on preventative care.  Good oral home care is the cornerstone of good oral health and should be supplemented with regular exams and cleanings.   It makes sense that all of our bodies systems are connected, and oral health is connected to overall health.  As a dentist, I know this is a fact.   We are learning, more and more.  Someday we will have all the answers… but until then, I’ll just brush at least twice a day… unless I forget.

Cambodia… Open Wide !!

cropped lizardGroup PicA Honolulu Dentist on a mission to Cambodia

A lot of things have happened since November… here in Hawaii we get caught up in the holiday season, if you can imagine coconut trees strung with Christmas lights. 

As if the holiday season was not busy enough, I spent all of February off island.  I worked again at the Molokai Community Health Center, and then spent several weeks in Cambodia where I was blessed to participate with the Cambodia Health Professional Association of America (CHPAA) and their medical mission to Cambodia.  Cambodia is one of the world’s poorest nations.  The civil war from 1970 to 1975, the Khmer Rouge regime from 1975 to 1979, and the Cambodia-Vietnam War from 1978 to 1979 virtually destroyed Cambodia’s economy.  Although progress is being made, as of 2007 the latest year UN Statistics are available, 30% of the population falls below the national poverty level. Poverty in Cambodia is overwhelmingly a rural phenomenon.  Over 93% of the country’s total number of poor live in rural areas, 6.2% live in urban areas, with a tiny percentage in urban Phnom Penh. CHPAA’s mission is to provide medical and dental care to those desperately in need. 

Patients came from miles around, lining up overnight with the hopes of being treated

Patients came from miles around, lining up overnight with the hopes of being treated

In Cambodia, one of the free clinics was set up at the Khmuonh Health Center in Khan Sen Sok, a municipality of Phnom Penh and one of the most underserved areas in the Cambodian Capital.  Seen on a first-come, first-served basis, patients came from the surrounding areas, other parts of Phnom Penh and distant provinces.  The need for care is great.  In addition to this clinic, radio and television announcements brought many patients to outlying clinics where part of the medical/dental team travelled to each day.  It was a busy week.  By midmorning of our first clinic day, there were thousands of people lined up.  They came from surrounding villages, overnight and got in line.. hoping for their chance. 

There were 11 dentists total participating in this 3 week clinic.  About half of us stayed at the Khmuon Health Center, and the rest of us, travelled daily to outlying communities.  The day started at 6am with an average of an hour bus ride and each day, we would visit a different location.   I was responsible for making sure that all the equipment and supplies needed for the day was available, and was theClinic set up only dentist who was assigned to the travelling clinic for the entire mission. 

Once there, our first task was to set up the clinic.    

Dental chairs ready to treat patientsAgain, patients lined up with the hopes of being treated were triaged, and the dental patients were sent our way.  Many of the people had never seen a dentist, and were experiencing dental pain.  Unfortunately, most teeth were not able to be saved, and needed to be extracted. 

working on a patientIt was a truly humbling experience.  Poverty rates are high among those whose household heads have little or no education, dental education is non-existent at its most basic level.  Many patients were unfamiliar with the use of a toothbrush and still had fears that an extraction of a tooth would result in blindness.  My heart went out to them and I look forward to returning again.

ItCambodia agriculture is dry season in Cambodia.  It is beautiful and exotic.  On the way to the outlying clinics, we saw some beautiful areas which were dedicated to agriculture. 

Tarantula Dinner

True to form, I love to eat and found the food delicious and different.  Most exotic?  fried tarantulas… quite tasty actually.


Dental Gastronomy: Strenghtening your tooth enamel with Collards

I love being a dentist in Honolulu.  I enjoyed living on the mainland while I was in college, and then again as I pursued my Doctorate in Dentistry, but I sure missed local style foods.  Lucky for me, healthy eating is important for good oral health!  Have you been to the new gastropub in Moilili?  Gastronomy is the art or science of food eating… so why not dental gastronomy?  Eating food that is good for your oral health!

Weak tooth enamel leaves your teeth vulnerable to tooth problems like cavities, chipping and sensitivity as the enamel thins and breaks.  Ok, not so good, but not like anyone wants to think about tooth enamel all the time.  I do like to think about food though!  One of the strategies to stop the weakening of the enamel is to watch what we eat.  Sugary, starchy and acidic foods feed the Streptococcus mutans and lacto bacillus bacteria that cause tooth decay.  Even my beloved diet coke can be highly acidic. Yikes.

Lucky for me, I am one of those people who lives to eat.. as opposed to those who just eat to live!  I am happy to eat those yummy foods that just happen to strengthen my tooth enamel at the same time.  Vitamin K is known to strengthen tooth enamel when paired with Vitamin D.  Since vitamin D is easy to come by in sunny Hawaii, (and also included in my skim milk),  I am looking for vitamin K.  Abundant in collards, which by the way has more calcium than milk, and is grown locally in Hawaii.   I have been making a Hawaii style version of Brazilian collard greens Mineira.  Super fast.. and tasty.  It is nothing like the collards cooked to extinction that my dad remembers growing up in North Carolina. affordable honolulu dentist

Mineira Oahu

1 bunch collards, stems removed. (about 1 pound)
3 slices Spam (or bacon) thinly sliced into sticks
¼ round onion, minced
2-3 cloves minced garlic
1 c extra firm tofu, quarter inch dice
Lemon juice, dash of shoyu and dash of pepper to taste.

  1. Directions:
    Wash collards and remove stems, Stack the leaves one on another, and roll from stem ends to tips into a cigar shape.  Cut cross wise into 1/8 inch strips, much as you would to chiffonade herbs)
  2. In a non-stick skillet over medium high heat, cook spam, onion, garlic until onion is translucent, and spam has browned.  Stir in tofu and sauté briefly.  Add collards to pan and cook, stirring until just wilted and bright green (this will take 3 minutes or so) Honolulu Dentist helathy eating

 I could eat this all myself, but it makes a great side vegetable dish for 4.

As a Honolulu Dentist, I have an interest in anything that impacts oral health.  This dish is tasty, and great for your health!!  Now that is a strategy I can sink my teeth into!!

Mouthpieces Improve Athletic Performance

The Hawaii Midweek – October 24 issue had a huge feature article on our Hawaii boys playing for the Oregon Ducks- particularly Marcus Mariota, the Ducks’ starting freshman quarterback!  Looks like the UH Warriors missed out by not snatching him up this year.. auwe, what were we thinking?  While I am not a consistent football follower, some things make you sit up and take notice.  Marcus is definitely one to watch.

Hawaii’s own Marcus Mariota; graduated from St. Louis and now plays with the OregonDucks

Of course, as a Honolulu Dentist, I tend instead to follow everything related to oral health.   This is probably weird, but while thinking about football, I am thinking about custom fitted mouthpieces! Mostly as a way to protect our athletes, and their healthy teeth and beautiful smiles…. but did you know that fitted mouthpieces can actually improve performance??  Honolulu Dentist

The use of mouthguards and sports have been documented since the 1800’s when a London dentist fitted boxers teeth with strips of resin.  Dental and head injuries have increased in sports such as football, boxing, and hockey to the point that some professional to high school athletic teams have mandated the use of mouthguards in attempts to reduce these injuries.  The 2008-2009 National Collegiate Athletic Association Sports Medicine handbook mandates the use of mouthguards during football, women’s field hockey,  ice hockey and men’s lacrosse.

The American Dental Association’s Council on Access, Prevention and Interprofessional Relations and Coouncil on Scientific affairs concluded that mouth guards provide a protective effect against hard-tissue or soft tissue damage in the mouth.  Injuries such as tooth fractures, lip lacerations and mandibular damage were impacted.   Honolulu Dentist

A recent trend however, is the increased use of mouth pieces for improved performance.  In the 1970-1980’s reports of improvement of muscular strength, endurance, and increased ability to train harder and recover from an injury at a faster rate with a mouthpiece, vs without a mouthpiece.  This older research however was deemed unreliable because of the possibility of a placebo effect.  

Recent research, conducted by Dena P. Garner, PhD; Wesley D. Dudgeon, PhD, Timothy P. Scheett, PhD, and Erical J. McDivitt, MS, The purpose of their study was to determine if use of a mouthpiece would alter the cortisol levels during training, and thus begin to explain the improved performance that mouthpiece users have been experiencing. They found that custom fitted mouthpieces resulted in a significant difference in Cortisol levels.  Reducing levels of cortisol is ideal for an athlete to achieve tissue growth and positive adaptations to exercise training.

It seems that one factor required to improve results is to ensure a well fitting mouthpiece.  The researchers reported that a 1991study  (Francis and Brasher) showed a decrease in voluntary oxygen consumption, instead of the increases that they found in their recent study.  They attributed it to the use of well -fitting mouthpieces that did not create any obstruction in breathing.   Honolulu dentist 

Dena P Garner, P., Wesley d. Dudgeon, P., Timothy P Sheett, P., & Erica J McDivitt, M. (2011, September). The effects of mouthpiece use on gas exchange parameters during steady-state exercise in college-aged men and women. The Journal of the American Dental Association, pp. 1041-1047.   Honolulu dentis

Dena P Garner, W. D. (2011, October). The Effects of Mouthpiece use on Cortisol Levels during and intense bout of Resistance Exercise. Journal of Strenght and Conditioning Research.

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