The Dental Center of South Bend (Dentistry and Braces for Children and Teenagers)
1005 East LaSalle Avenue, South Bend, IN 46617

Special Needs in South Bend, IN

Some special children are very susceptible to tooth decay, gum disease and oral trauma. Others require medications or a diet which is detrimental to dental health. Still other children have physical difficulty with effective dental habits at home. The good news is dental disease is preventable. If dental care is started early and followed conscientiously, every child can enjoy a healthy smile.

A first dental visit by the first birthday will start your child on a lifetime of good dental health. Your South Bend pediatric dentist will take a full medical history, gently examine your child’s teeth and gums, then plan preventive care designed for your child’s needs. And, yes, your child will benefit from the preventive approach recommended for all children – effective brushing, flossing, moderate snacking and adequate fluoride. Home care takes just minutes a day and prevents needless dental problems. Regular professional cleanings and fluoride treatments are also very beneficial. Sealants can prevent tooth decay on the chewing surfaces of molars where four out of five cavities in children occur.

Pediatric dentists have two or more years of advanced training beyond dental school. Their education as specialists focuses on care for children with special needs. In addition, our office is designed to be physically accessible for special patients with curb cuts, elevator, wide doorways and hallways and a large bathroom.

If a child needs extensive treatment your South Bend pediatric dentist may provide in-office sedation or general anesthesia in a local hospital. Your pediatric dentist has comprehensive training in behavior management, sedation and anesthesia techniques. He or she will discuss the benefits, limits and risks of such an approach if it is recommended.

Read What Our Patients Say
Patient Reviews
Great compassionate care. The hygienist and doctor worked so good with my little ones first dental visit.
King G.
Great staff! Friendly, helpful and great with children.
Braylee M.
All of the ladies are so kind and gentle with the children and they are super friendly and knowledgeable!
Noah W.
My daughter had a not very good experience at her first dental check at another practice. She was so much happier and said the she really liked Dr. Reed. Dr. Reed was so great with her and it made me […]
Annaleigh B.
The staff was wonderful with my son, who has Autism. They didn’t push him and found ways to do an exam that didn’t frighten him.
Elijah V.
My kids love going to this dentist! I appreciate how patient they are with my children and everyone is very nice. I am very happy with Smile Safari!
Lee W.
The gal who worked on Catherine’s teeth was very skilled at the cosmetic work which Catherine was getting done. She also was very kind and tried to help us visualize what the final product […]
Catheri D.
Friendly, knowledgeable and pleasant staff!
Alexis M.
Service was great from behind the counter to the actual visit
Samantha G.
Everyone was so kind and sweet to my kids. It was a breath of fresh air.
Izabella T.
Everyone seems genuinely caring. It makes you feel much better when your child is not so sure about everything.
Carmen C.
Nice service. And great job
Juliette C.
My daughter was so nervous to have her first filling done. The hygienist that came and got her, was so upbeat, positive and energetic. My daughter came out after the procedure, smiling and talked […]
Mackenzi C.
Good service and nice people
Criss C.
People are always nice and answer all questions.
Mark M.
Very polite staff made me feel welcome
Valeria G.
y son is autistic, and they were wonderful with him and very patient.
Payton M.
Dentist was extremely helpful.
Chelsea C.
Helpful and quick to respond to patients needs.
Lael M.
Staff always so kind and explains everything with details step by step of they are going or did to my child
Daniel A.
Office Hours
Mon. – 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tue. – 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wed. – 7:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Thu. – 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Fri. – 7:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Sat. – Closed
Sun. – Closed
Phone: (574) 367-7146
Fax: (574) 245-7502
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Office Hours
  • Monday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Tuesday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Wednesday 7:30 AM - 5:30 PM
  • Thursday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Friday 7:30 AM - 3:30 PM
  • Saturday Closed
  • Sunday Closed
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  • Phone: (574) 367-7146
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