This lesson introduces our Spanish for Dentistry series. The lessons in this series will be at the beginner to intermediate level and are included under both our Premium Medical Spanish and our Basic Medical Spanish memberships. We will cover vocabulary and essential phrases pertaining to:

Dental Hygiene
Local Anesthesia
Root Canals
Braces, Dentures, Crowns and Bridges

Our guest Spanish teacher for this series is Francisco González Yojcóm from San Pedro La Laguna, Guatemala. After we review vocabulary pertaining to the teeth and mouth, Francisco tells us about his new Spanish school.

We would like to give special thanks to one of our members: Nancy Grainer. Nancy provided us with a list of useful vocabulary and phrases in English, which we expanded on and made into lessons for this series. Nancy is a retired dialysis social worker who now volunteers at a free medical and dental clinic and her husband is a dentist. Nancy is a perfect example of why we make this podcast, to support people serving our Spanish-speaking communities. Muchísimas gracias, Nancy Grainer!


Vocabulario Dental


El diente

Los dientes

Teeth, as in the set of teeth when speaking of their overall condition
La dentadura

You have good teeth. 
Tiene una buena dentadura.

La muela

Las muelas

Often ‘las muelas’ refers to teeth in general and not specifically to molars.

El dolor de muelas

Wisdom teeth
Las muelas del juicio
Las cordales

Las encías

The mouth
La boca

The tongue
La lengua

La quijada
La mandíbula

To bite
Morder (irregular)

The bite
La mordida

The overbite
La sobremordida

To chew

To grind the teeth
Rechinar los dientes


Francisco’s school in Guatemala


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Special thanks to Francisco González Yojcóm, from the Cultural Spanish School and to my friend, Sonja Um-Siri, who provided the Spanish for this series. 

The lessons offered at are a fun way to practice medical Spanish. They are not intended to teach medicine or provide medical advice. These lessons are intended to improve communication with Spanish-speaking patients, but they are not intended to substitute for a qualified medical interpreter.


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