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

Prevention

Proper dental care is important at all ages. Good dental health requires you take daily care of your teeth and have regular dental check-ups. It is recommended that you receive professional dental check-ups and cleaning at least 1-2 times per year.

Your teeth were designed to last a lifetime, and they can with proper care, which includes correct gum care.

Gum disease–or periodontal disease–describes bacterial growth and production of factors that gradually destroy the tissue surrounding and supporting the teeth. More than 75 percent of Americans over 35 have some form of gum disease. Harmful bacteria are contained in a colorless sticky film called plaque, the cause of gum disease. If not removed, plaque builds up on the teeth and ultimately irritates the gums and causes bleeding. If left untreated, bone and surrounding tissue will decay, resulting in loose teeth, or worse, tooth loss.

Cavities, or tooth decay, often mistakenly thought to be a dental issue only for children, can happen at any time in your life. Tooth decay ruins the enamel that covers and protects the teeth. Without proper care and cleaning of the teeth, bacteria can cling to the teeth and form a sticky, colorless film called dental plaque. This plaque can lead to tooth decay and cavities.

How to avoid dental problems? Good daily dental practice, including:

  • Brush after meals with a toothbrush that has soft or medium bristles.
  • Use toothpaste with fluoride.
  • Use dental floss every day.
  • Eat fewer sweets, especially between meals.
  • Do not smoke or chew tobacco products.
  • Visit your dentist for regular check-ups.
Read What Our Patients Say
Patient Reviews
Everybody was great
Madeline M.
Great compassionate care. The hygienist and doctor worked so good with my little ones first dental visit.
King G.
The dental hygienist and the dentist were fabulous with my 4 year old. So calm and patient. She had a great experience.
Natalia M.
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 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.
Staff were very knowledgeable and came to aid in a reasonable amount of time.
Noah S.
We were in and out and the staff was Wonderful.
Sophia V.
Great staff! Friendly, helpful and great with children.
Braylee M.
We always have a pleasant experience & everyone is very nice to my son. I also feel like things are explained well, & I’m asked before procedures are done.
Donovin B.
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.
Felt like the dentist listened to me and concerns. Didn’t feel rushed
Khale L.
Very polite staff made me feel welcome
Valeria G.
Helpful and quick to respond to patients needs.
Lael M.
The office staff had lots of experience working with young patients and did an excellent job interacting and caring for our son who had an emergency dental situation.
Cameron P.
Caring , fun and goofy doctors . Experience overall was great
Andrea G.
Just an excellent place
Alexis F.
Staff always so kind and explains everything with details step by step of they are going or did to my child
Daniel A.
I like the service i get from the place it is wonderful keep it going
Bella U.
Everyone was wonderful, kind and very understanding!
Evan F.
Everyone was so kind and sweet to my kids. It was a breath of fresh air.
Izabella T.
Office Hours
Mon. – 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tue. – 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wed. – 7:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Thu. – 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Fri. – 7:30 AM - 3:00 PM
Sat. – Closed
Sun. – Closed
Phone: (574) 367-7146
Fax: (574) 245-7502
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For appointments, call us at: (574) 367-7146 or
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For appointments, call: (574) 367-7146
Office Hours
  • Monday 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Tuesday 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Wednesday 7:30 AM - 3:30 PM
  • Thursday 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Friday 7:30 AM - 3:00 PM
  • Saturday Closed
  • Sunday Closed
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  • Phone: (574) 367-7146
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