Age One Dental Visit Special for Children 18 Months and Under!

Age One Dental Visit Special
Age One Dental Visit Special

What can you expect at your child’s first dental visit?

Age One Dental Visit Special: At the first visit we evaluate your child’s oral health and introduce you to proper oral hygiene and healthy dental habits. Children under the age of 18 months will be evaluated for dental development and checked for decay. If appropriate, we will also include a dental cleaning and fluoride treatment. Dental radiographs or x-rays are taken only as needed and will be discussed with you first. Additional services, if necessary, will be scheduled for another day.

We want your child’s visit to be a positive experience. You can help prepare your child by discussing what will occur at their visit. Explain that visiting the dentist is a part of growing up and that the dentist will help them keep their teeth strong and healthy. Avoid negative words like “hurt” and “shot”. If you are upbeat, chances are that your child will be upbeat as well.

The AAPD recommends dental visits start at the age of One!

As a parent, you want the best for your children. When it comes to dental health, we are here to make sure your baby gets the best dental care possible! At Smiles in Framingham, we understand how important it is to find a pediatric dentist you can really trust. Dr. Himelhoch has years of experience providing children from Framingham, Southborough, Ashland, Wayland, Natick, Marlborough, Hopkinton, Holliston, and the surrounding areas with the best pediatric dental care possible.

What age should my child see the dentist?

Dr. Himelhoch and the AAPD recommend taking your child to the dentist as early as age one. A baby typically begins to grow teeth between 6 and 12 months of age. As a good rule of thumb, plan on bringing your child to the dentist before their first birthday. You might be wondering why a trip to the dentist is suggested for such an early age. Dental problems, such as tooth decay, can begin to occur shortly after the teeth come into the mouth. Early trips to the dentist can help to prevent these early problems, and also help your children learn the dental habits needed for a lifetime of healthy smiles!

What age should I start brushing my child’s teeth?

Just like with dental visits, the earlier you start cleaning your baby’s teeth, the healthier their teeth will be! Using a soft infant toothbrush, or cloth and water, you can begin cleaning your child’s gums at birth. Once you begin to see their teeth come in, you should start brushing twice a day. Be sure to use a thin smear of toothpaste on an age-appropriate toothbrush.

How do I make an appointment to redeem this offer?

We will be happy to schedule an appointment for your child 18 months or younger on a weekday between 8:30am – 1:00pm. Please contact us by calling 508-872-0555 or emailing




Tuesday 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
Thursday 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
Friday 8:30 am – 4:00 pm
Saturday* 8:00 am – 1:00 pm
* Two Saturdays per month

To all my wonderful patients and their families:


The greatest pleasures of my career are watching children grow strong and healthy and seeing smiles become more beautiful. It has been a tremendous privilege to be a part of that growth and transformation. Now, however, it is time for me to slow down and share the care of my patients.


Starting in September 2022, Smiles in Framingham will merge with Moynihan Dental Specialists. I will remain with the practice, but will reduce my hours and give up administrative responsibilities. The wonderful team of people you and I have come to rely on will be staying. They will continue to help care for you. There will also be new faces, new people who will get to know and care for and about you.


Dr. Michael Moynihan is a second generation dentist and orthodontist practicing in Framingham. Dr. Mike, as he is known, is on the faculty of Boston University in the department of orthodontics. We spent two years as teaching partners supervising the Boston University orthodontic residents as they treated special needs children at Franciscan Hospital for Children. It was during that time I came to appreciate both how skilled Dr. Mike is and how much he cares about his patients. I retired from teaching prior to the pandemic, but Dr. Mike still puts much of his time and energy into teaching the next generation of orthodontists.


I met Dr. Daniel Moynihan when he was my student in 2017. Even at that time he was one of my most conscientious students. He cares deeply about all of his patients and I am proud to be associated with him. Dr. Dan is highly skilled with all aspects of orthodontics, including treatment using Invisalign and other aligners.


Dr. Katherine Moynihan and Dr. Christine Chiao are other members of the Moynihan team. Dr. Katherine Moynihan finished her orthodontic training at Boston University in 2021. Dr. Christine Chiao is a pediatric dentist, who also teaches at the Boston University School of Dental Medicine.


Life is an adventure with many chapters, twists, and turns. I enter this chapter of my life looking forward to what comes next and feeling some sadness that this phase of my life is changing. For now, we will be keeping all appointments as scheduled. We will contact you individually about any appointment changes. All orthodontic contracts will be honored with care provided by the orthodontists. I have every confidence that the doctors of Moynihan Dental Specialists will provide you with excellent care for many years to come.


My very best wishes to all of you,


Dr. Deborah Himelhoch