Maintain your shiny bright teeth! English-Speaking Dentists in OSAKA


photo by Rudy Eng

No matter where people live, there are not so many of them who like going to a dentist. Putting up with dental treatment instruments stuck in the mouth is torturing. Going to a dentist is something people want to avoid even in their own country, and there is nothing to speak of going to a dentist in Japan, where a language barrier exists. But no matter how badly they dislike it, leaving teeth unchecked for long time is no good to keep their teeth in a good condition. If you are one of those who wishes if only there is a dentist who speaks English at least, yes, there are a few dentists in Osaka who provide their services in English. Let’s have a look.


Minatomachi Dental Clinic

Located right in the middle of Osaka city, Minatomachi Dental Clinic is a popular little dental office much-loved by the locals. They mainly provide general dental treatments such as tooth decay and periodontal disease, as well as prevention treatments. This is one of very few dental clinics that provide multi-lingual service in Japanese, English, Chinese and Russian. It is a great advantage that you do not need to have a medical interpreter to see a dentist. If you wish to have a treatment here in a language other than Japanese, inquire the clinic for available day and time. 

Minatomachi Dental Clinic
Address: 1-1-1-201, Saiwai-cho, Naniwa-ku, Osaka 556-0021
TEL: 06-6567-2152
Opening hours: Mon, Wed, Fri 10:00 – 13:00/ 14:00 – 17:00, Tue 10:00 – 12:00, Thu & Sat 10:00 – 13:00 (Sunday closed)


Yutaka Dental Clinic

This is also a general dental clinic that provides treatments such as prevention treatments for tooth decay and periodontal diseases, and laser therapy. They also focus on esthetic dentistry treatments such as teeth whitening. To encourage their patients to care for their own teeth, they give personalized dental care books to the patients. By reading this book, a patient can see the condition in his/her mouth including teeth that are not brushed properly due to his/her brushing pattern. There is a English-speaking staff in this clinic to support patients who do not speak Japanese. 

Yutaka Dental Clinic
Address: 2-17-26 Higashi-Mikuni Yodogawa-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka 532-0002
TEL: 06-6391-1869
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 10:00 – 13:00/15:00 – 19:30, Sat 10:00 – 13:00/15:00 – 15:00 (Sun closed)


DUO Specialist Dental Clinic

periodontal treatment, implant and endodontic are the major focus of this clinic. Good communication between patient and dentist is crucial when having these treatments, because the treatments normally take a long period of time and there would be detailed explanations from a dentist. There are many dental clinics that provide same type of treatments only in Japanese, but dentists of this clinic have their qualification overseas, therefore are fluent in English. They provide a variety of other dental treatments such as general treatments and esthetic treatments. 

DUO Specialist Dental Clinic
Address: 3-3-3 Nakanoshima Kita-ku Osaka-shi, Osaka 530-0005 TEL: 06-6136-6480
Opening hours: Mon – Fri 10:00-13:30/ 15:00-19:00


Kono Dental Clinic

Just a 2-minute walk from Yodoya-bashi station of Osaka Metro Midosuji Line, Kono Dental Clinic is easy to access, locating in the middle of Osaka city. They cover most of the major dental procedures such as general dentistry, esthetic dentistry, orthodontics and prosthesis. Tooth decay prevention, among other things, is the main focus of this clinic, and there is detailed counseling about patient’s dental condition before treatment. Also, they have unique “dental spa” menu which is a combination of oral checkup, teeth cleaning, tartar removal and tongue cleaning. If you wish to have orthodontic treatment for adult, inquire at the first consultation. 

Kono Dental Clinic
Address: 4-4-2 Doshomachi Tyuo-ku Osaka 541-0045
TEL: 06-6222-2034
Opening hours: Mon – Fri 9:15-13:00/ 14:00-18:00


Takeuchi Orthodontic Office

There are only few orthodontic clinics provide their services in English in Japan. Neda-ku in Kobe is just 30 minutes away from the center of Osaka by train. Unlike tooth decay treatment, orthodontic treatment generally requires a long period of time to complete. Especially, teeth straightening for adults normally takes years. Therefore, understanding dentist’s instruction and explanation is important for have treatment properly. for people who are hesitant to have bracing because of language barrier, English-speaking orthodontist is hard to find in Japan. This clinic accepts only patients who made appointments.   

Takeuchi Orthodontic Office
Address: 1-5-8 Sumiyoshi Honmachi, Higashinada-ku Kobe 658-0051
TEL: 078-822-0321
Opening hours: Mon 14:00 – 19:00, Wed & Fri 10:00-12:00/14:00-19:00、Sun 10:00-12:00/14:00-18:00 (Tue, Thu, Sat & public holiday closed)


One, Two, Three, Smile!

There is no better way to protect your teeth than cavity prevention. Having prevention treatment at dental clinic is widely encouraged in many countries. In Japan too, going to a dentist for regular dental check-up and teeth cleaning is very common in order to protect dental health. But, for people who are not confident in Japanese language, communicating with medical staff in Japanese is quite difficult. There is no point to see a dentist when you don’t understand what he or she is saying. But the number of English-speaking dentists is gradually increasing in Japan. If you are not sure if you can communicate with a dentist in Japanese, try one of these English-speaking dentists in Osaka.


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あきらことほ Kotoho Akira

Living outside Japan for a good many years, I often rediscover nice little things about this country every time I return here. I would be more than happy if this column may help you find your "nice little things about Japan"!

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