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
Very helpful!
Frederic D.
All of the ladies are so kind and gentle with the children and they are super friendly and knowledgeable!
Noah W.
Dentist was extremely helpful.
Chelsea C.
Everyone was wonderful, kind and very understanding!
Evan F.
Service was great from behind the counter to the actual visit
Samantha G.
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.
Nice service. And great job
Juliette C.
So polite & friendly !
Lilly H.
Very good with children. Very thorough with exams and questions. Enjoyable experience.
Myles M.
Service is great.
Broc D.
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.
Dr. Lauren was so nice and gentle with Terry, the dental assistant was so nice also. I can tell the dentist’s really take pride in their work and I love that.
Terry M.
Everyone is always friendly and appt time starts on time.
Zoe A.
We were in and out and the staff was Wonderful.
Sophia V.
Great staff! Friendly, helpful and great with children.
Braylee M.
Every one was very respectful & polite & didn’t mind answering questions
Jaden K.
Everyone seems genuinely caring. It makes you feel much better when your child is not so sure about everything.
Carmen C.
Very Nice People!! Fast and effective!!
Sean L.
Because they treat my daughter very well and she isn’t afraid to be there
Serenity S.
I’m pleased with the results of Miles braces
Miles W.
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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