Your Search for a Spanish-Speaking Dentist Is Over (Here’s Why)

Friday, July 2, 2021
Your Search for a Spanish-Speaking Dentist Is Over (Here’s Why)

Have you been looking for a Spanish-speaking dentist? If so, you’re not alone!

Penn Dental Medicine dental student in mask and hair net serves as a Spanish-Speaking dentist to accommodate patients.After conducting a survey to determine the language preferences of our Penn Dental Medicine patients, we discovered that 6.25% have a preferred language other than English. And, of the non-English languages our patients speak, Spanish ranks highly. This is no surprise, considering that according to Visit Philadelphia:

  • 121,643 residents are Puerto Rican or of Puerto Rican descent.
  • 15,531 residents are Mexican or of Mexican descent.
  • 3,930 residents are Cuban or of Cuban descent.
  • 46,507 residents are of other Hispanic descent.

At Penn Dental Medicine, we want all our patients to feel welcome and comfortable speaking their native language. For this reason, we proudly provide accommodations for patients seeking a Spanish-speaking dentist.

Keep reading to learn more about our commitment to serving patients of every culture, and how diverse and comprehensive our language interpreting services are.

You Can Book an Appointment With a Spanish-Speaking Dentist Now!

Hispanic mother and daughter brush their teeth together in their bathroom.Trying to find a dentist who can communicate in a foreign language, let alone accommodate a same-day appointment with Spanish speaking dentist, can feel like an uphill battle. But, not at Penn. Here, we understand the challenges that come with trying to find a qualified, convenient dentist willing or able to speak your language.
According to one study about language barriers in healthcare:

  • 49% of people had difficulty understanding the medical situation.
  • 66.7% of people faced problems with accessing healthcare.
  • 20% of people did not seek healthcare for worry of not being able to understand their healthcare provider.

While language barriers are a top concern, the consequences of not having routine dental visits are also problematic. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), untreated tooth decay affects 10% of children and 26% of adults (aged 20-64) in the U.S. Periodontal disease is also a concern: A CDC study reports an estimated four in ten adults aged 30 years and older have gum disease.

Avoiding dental care poses risks to non-English speaking patients. That’s why we prioritize access to the highest quality, affordable, comprehensive dental treatment for our Spanish-speaking (and other foreign-language speaking) patients.

Could PDM Be My Dentist that Speaks Spanish and Takes My InsuranceHappy multi-generational Hispanic family huddles together outside for a picture on a sunny day.

At PDM, we provide sign language and foreign language interpretation for 66 different languages—including Spanish! And, we accept most types of dental insurance plans. In addition, we work with all Medicaid plans offered to residents of Southeastern Pennsylvania. You can click here to learn more about payment options and plans.

Our interpreting services for a Spanish-speaking dentist covers all our dental services, which include:

To learn more about the comprehensive dental services at Penn, we encourage you to download this free guide.

If you are ready to book your appointment for Spanish-speaking dental care, please call our PDM office at 215-898-8965 for any questions you may have.

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