Dental Sealants

dental sealant

Dental Sealants are used to help protect different surfaces of your teeth, especially chewing surfaces of back teeth, which are a common spot for cavities in our pediatric patients from Framingham, Southborough, Ashland, Wayland, Natick, Marlborough, Hopkinton, Holliston, and the surrounding areas.

Even with proper brushing and flossing, it can be difficult to clean every groove and surface of your teeth. When food and bacteria collect in these grooves and crevices, it can put your child at risk of tooth decay. Sealants, which are a thin coating of clear or shaded plastic, can be applied to chewing surfaces. A sealant can help keep food and plaque out, which can help reduce the risk of tooth decay!

When properly cared for, sealants can last for many years. Proper oral hygiene, brushing and flossing, as well as avoiding chewing hard candies and foods, can help sealants last even longer. Dr. Himelhoch will check on sealants during your normal dental visits, and will also recommend repair if, and when necessary.

Dental Sealants Application

Sealant treatment can be done in one visit, and you will be able to eat after treatment. We will first make sure the tooth is cleaned and then conditioned and dried. After that, the sealant is applied and hardened using a special light.

A sealant is not an excuse for not brushing! You should still practice good oral hygiene habits such as brushing, flossing, visiting the dentist regularly, and keeping snacks healthy!



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