Pediatric Dental Care
What is Pediatric Dentistry?
Dr. Himelhoch is a board certified pediatric dentist, but what does that actually mean? Pediatric dentistry focuses on the oral health of babies, children and adolescents. It is a specialty within the field of dentistry, which requires extra and specialized training. In order to become a pediatric dentist, a dentist must complete the four-year dental training program followed by an additional 2 to 3 years of specialized training. This often includes a hospital residency in pediatric dentistry. The needs of an infant, toddler, and teenager are different than an adult, which is why finding a great pediatric dentist is so important to your child’s oral health!
Taking your child to the dentist regularly from an early age (prior to their first birthday), gives us the chance to focus on early detection, prevention, and treatment of dental diseases and common dental problems. It also teaches your children the best dental habits from an early age, which can help your child to grow up with a happy and healthy smile! We offer a full spectrum of pediatric dental services to the residents of Framingham, Southborough, Ashland, Wayland, Natick, Marlborough, and Hopkinton MA.
What is a Board Certified Pediatric Dentist?
It’s important to understand that not all pediatric dentists are certified. Board certified pediatric dentists must take and pass all parts of the board certification examination. Dr. Himelhoch is proud to be a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. Her advanced training, icluding both a masters degree and residency in pediatric dentistry, enables her to provide comprehensive pediatric dental care for her patients.
Dental Care for Infants and Young Children
We want your child’s teeth to be healthy from day one. Starting with a proper dental care routine from day one will not only help your child gain healthy habits, but also ensure a healthy smile later in life!
During a visit with a pediatric dentist, you will learn how to properly brush, floss, and care for your child’s teeth. We will also perform a caries risk assessment, and provide you with information about Early Childhood Caries, or ‘baby bottle tooth decay’. We will also discuss pacifier and thumb sucking habits, jaw growth and development.
Dental Care for Teenagers
Just like infants and toddlers have special dental needs, so do teenagers! Teenagers often have more freedom, and the ability to make their own decisions. Often teens will start eating unhealthy and sugary snacks, and also develop other unhealthy habits such as smoking. Foods and drinks high in sugar can cause tooth decay and other dental problems, which regular trips to the dentist can help prevent, and correct.
As our children grow, their appearance becomes more and more important to them. Dr. Himelhoch is also a trained orthodontist, who will help determine if/when your child should start orthodontic treatment, and what type of braces will work best. We offer metal braces, clear ceramic braces, as well as Invisalign® Teen (the clear alternative to braces). Our main goal is to provide your family with top quality dental and orthodontic treatment, call us today to schedule an appointment.