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

Community Outreach

At The Dental Center of South Bend (Dentistry and Braces for Children and Teenagers), our South Bend dentists and everyone on our staff are strongly committed to providing knowledgeable, professional dental care with a compassionate, personal touch. We share our commitment to caring with the entire South Bend community. The Dental Center of South Bend (Dentistry and Braces for Children and Teenagers) is involved in many local events each year to promote good dental health. We participate in the Beutter Park Summer Concert Series by hosting a booth and bringing out our popular “Tooth Fairy” to take photos with children and families. We also take part in the Mishawaka Summerfest, frequently distribute oral health information to families in the community, regularly visit local daycare centers to teach about dental hygiene, and helped to organize a Pack-a-Backpack event to give dental supplies to local students. We do everything we can to help everyone in the community enjoy good oral health.

Dr. Lauren Mummert, (far right) Board-certified Pediatric Dental Specialist at The Dental Center is participating in the LITTLE BLACK DRESS INITIATIVE for the Junior League of South Bend, Indiana.

Dr. Mummert will wear the same black dress every day this week as a symbol of commitment to volunteerism and community activism. The campaign seeks to raise awareness for those in need in our community who have limited choices and resources.

Also pictured from left to right: Board-certified Pediatric Dental Specialist, Dr. Richard Cohen & Pediatric Dentist, Dr. Patricia Gyasi, Hygienist; Ms Jen Leonard and Assistant; Erica Karmolinski (assistant).Dr. Mummert - LBD Initiative

Our Dr. Cohen has traveled to Haiti once again to support Faculté d’Odontologie, Haiti’s only dental school.

During his most recent trip, Dr. Cohen and his son visited for the first time with Health Volunteers Overseas (HVO) — a nonprofit organization that seeks to improve global health through education.

“What is impressive about the HVO program and experience is that by teaching dental students, faculty and community dentists, I can pay it forward so that those dental professionals can then render better and more efficient dental care throughout their country,” Dr. Cohen said.

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Dr. Richard Cohen trip to Haiti

Angelica, from the Dental Center of South Bend helped out at a local Latino health fair sharing her knowledge with children and parents.

She is well known in the community, which makes it that much better for us!

Spanish Health Fair

February is National Children’s Dental Health Month and The Dental Center of Indiana teams are already gearing up!

We are proud of our on-going commitment for helping children throughout Michiana have a healthy smile and honored that these efforts have been recognized as an America’s ToothFairy ‘Practice of Distinction’.

We are eager to give back and help bring toothbrushes, toothpaste and other essential oral care supplies to kids in need through the America’s ToothFairy program.

The Dental Center staff getting seriously silly supporting Red Nose Day!



The Dental Center of South Bend is proud to be hosting a table at the Annual Career Academy Health Fair again this year.

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The Dental Center of South Bend Raises Awareness for Children with Cerebral Palsy

The Dental Center of South Bend Pediatric

The staff of The Dental Center South Bend Pedo proudly wearing their “Stand For Something” t-shirts & joined by the Tooth Fairy raise awareness and donations for children with Cerebral Palsy. So far they have raised over $1,000 for “vision activated” talking computers that allows a child to speak what has in the past been trapped in their mind but they could not physically express. This very important cause is their heartfelt effort to support a member of the office’s staff whose child has Cerebral Palsy.

The Dental Center Sponsors 2nd Annual Kroc Fest

The Dental Center Sponsors KROC Fest

Tina Oates manned The Dental Center of South Bend gold sponsor booth at the 2nd Annual Kroc Fest, Saturday, August 17th. Thousands of South Bend students showed up hoping to receive one of the 2,400 backpacks stuffed with school supplies donated by community members, organizations and corporate sponsors. The event was free and there was something for every member of the family to enjoy:

  • Carnival games
  • Inflatables, bounce houses, and mascots
  • Backpack giveaways
  • Face painting
  • Prizes, food and candy galore
  • Zumba party on the turf & powder puff football
  • Game Tournaments

Dr. Robert Austgen always treats every patient like family

Working at the Outpatient Surgery Center for more than 35 years, Dr. Robert Austgen has always treated every patient like family.

Providing a wide range of dental procedures to children and adults with special needs, and from diverse backgrounds, Dr. Austgen knows how to keep his patients comfortable and calm. Always joking, he makes his patients laugh and is often seen playing with children in pre-op to help keep them relaxed. His associates have described him as having “a demeanor of a loving grandfather” with his younger patients.

A highly professional and understanding individual, Dr. Austgen is more than a team player. Constantly following protocols and interacting with his staff, he ensures that every day flows seamlessly. Dr. Austgen is always willing to listen, making him a caring, loving, and tenderhearted doctor with a passion for seeing others smile. His dedication to his craft and kind personality make him a true professional gentleman.

The Dental Center of South Bend gives back

The Dental Center of South Bend (Dentistry and Braces for Children and Teenagers) is passionate about children’s dental health and our local community. We are continuously looking for ways to give back. February is National Children’s Dental Health Month and we are proud to participate in the ADA’s Give Kids a Smile Program. We have worked with local high schools to offer college scholarships to graduates and provide students with important information on maintaining proper oral health. Each year we sponsor various community events, host drives for Toys for Tots and provide dental health supplies where needed. The Dental Center of South Bend (Dentistry and Braces for Children and Teenagers) offers free resources to local organizations and community members including educational materials and oral health screenings.

The Dental Center of Indiana - Employee PhotoWe don’t just support the people of South Bend, we support the animals too!  We have partnered with the Potawatomi Zoo to care for the oral health of their furry family.  Our dentists have performed root canals, extractions and cleaned the teeth of leopards, river otters and more. Click here to visit our blog for more information.

Tina “Tooth Fairy” Oates is a Registered Dental Hygienist and our local Community Dental Health Educator. She can often be seen with our resident tooth mascot visiting community centers, boys and girls clubs, schools, daycare centers and healthcare events throughout South Bend. She can be seen at the local Crock Fest, Zoo Boo, and more, providing the community with dental health education, offering tips on maintaining a healthy diet, demonstrating proper brushing and flossing techniques and spreading oral health awareness throughout South Bend. We are proud to work with Tina, community residents, businesses and organizations in South Bend to improve oral health. Visit us on Facebook for more information and to learn where Tina “The Tooth Fairy” and the Tooth Mascot will be next.

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Patient Reviews
Very nice service
Jasmine M.
Very Nice People!! Fast and effective!!
Sean L.
Every one was very respectful & polite & didn’t mind answering questions
Jaden K.
Great drs
Jessica S.
Doctor was very friendly,explained everything,staff was also very friendly!
Magaly G.
Always a friendly staff
Hailey A.
Friendly, knowledgeable and pleasant staff!
Alexis M.
People are always nice and answer all questions.
Mark M.
The hygienist and denist are always very nice and understanding. Great experience for my special needs daughter and me.
Lydwine W.
Did very well at getting my daughter to get to know you better before you just took her to do her teeth
Skyaira P.
I like the service i get from the place it is wonderful keep it going
Bella U.
y son is autistic, and they were wonderful with him and very patient.
Payton M.
Everyone we came into contact with were very pleasant and friendly. I was very relaxed in Your environment and felt welcomed from the start to finish
Brooke G.
Everyone was wonderful, kind and very understanding!
Evan F.
Very friendly and did excellent with my son.
Stanley V.
Service was great from behind the counter to the actual visit
Samantha G.
Great care this appointment
Aspen G.
All of the ladies are so kind and gentle with the children and they are super friendly and knowledgeable!
Noah W.
Love the dentist she is very personable and considerate. Great outgoing personality. (Female dentist not the male)
Kai N.
The staff was friendly and great with my three year old.
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