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
Everyone was so kind and sweet to my kids. It was a breath of fresh air.
Izabella T.
The hygienist and denist are always very nice and understanding. Great experience for my special needs daughter and me.
Lydwine W.
Staff were very knowledgeable and came to aid in a reasonable amount of time.
Noah S.
I love the employees always nice and pleasant.
Tessa L.
Love the dentist she is very personable and considerate. Great outgoing personality. (Female dentist not the male)
Kai N.
We were in and out and the staff was Wonderful.
Sophia 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 dental hygienist and the dentist were fabulous with my 4 year old. So calm and patient. She had a great experience.
Natalia M.
always kind , care for my children as if there own great group of women .
Alejandra G.
Great care this appointment
Aspen G.
Gerri was fantastic. Great experience!
Margaret S.
People are always nice and answer all questions.
Mark M.
Did very well at getting my daughter to get to know you better before you just took her to do her teeth
Skyaira P.
You guys were awesome and made my four year old feel at home. She went back and got two fillings without me and didn’t even get upset. The staff is amazing and so considerate.
Estellise B.
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.
Great service
Mark D.
Good service and nice people
Criss C.
Very nice service
Jasmine M.
love everything!
Emerald A.
Everything went perfect.
Jamie H.
Office Hours
Mon. – 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tue. – 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wed. – 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thu. – 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Fri. – 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Saturday by appointment

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 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Thursday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Friday 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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